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Vera de Vera

Program Director, Weingart Foundation

2023 HALO Award Selection Committee 

Vera is a program director at the Weingart Foundation where she manages the John W. Mack Movement Building Fellows program, nonprofit sustainability partnerships and grantmaking in Ventura County. She brings more than 20 years of experience in philanthropy and nonprofit board service, combined with previous experience in government and public policy. Vera is also a former Durfee Foundation trustee and a current member of both the California Community Foundation Legacy Society and Los Angeles Asian Pacific Islander Giving Circle. As a first-generation college graduate, she earned a B.A. in Political Science and an M.A. in Urban Planning from UCLA, and a J.D. from Southwestern University College of Law. A native Southern Californian, Vera’s commitment to social justice stems from her life experience as a daughter of working-class immigrant parents from the Philippines and growing up and living in the diverse neighborhoods of Long Beach, Oxnard, and Carson.

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