The Andrus Family Fund Announces New Director, Manuela Arciniegas

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The Andrus Family Fund Announces New Director, Manuela Arciniegas

The Andrus Family Fund (AFF) announced today that Manuela Arciniegas has been appointed director, after serving as interim director since January 2019. In her new role as director, Manuela is poised to lead AFF and champion its bold vision as the Fund approaches its 20th anniversary in 2020.

“I am excited to help strengthen AFF and Surdna’s work to more deeply center the needs of vulnerable youth in the child welfare and youth justice systems,” said Manuela. “We will continue to lean in courageously and partner with nonprofit organizations, public-sector leaders and philanthropy to fundamentally transform the way our society generally views and treats marginalized youth and communities. Our young people are innovative and brilliant, and AFF continues to engage in strategic action to promote racial equity and empowered leadership. I am happy to bring my long-standing career in youth development, education and community organizing to continue to push our society toward transformative change.”

Since 2014, Manuela has served the Andrus Family Fund in a variety of capacities. Prior to her role as interim director, she was the Fund’s program officer, launching the capacity-building initiative S.O.A.R. (Strengthening Organizations, Amplifying Resilience) and co-managing a $4 million national portfolio of more than 50 grantee partners. She was also one of the key organizers of Education Anew: Shifting Justice 2018, AFF’s co-hosted biennial convening that brings together education and youth justice organizers, advocates and funders...

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