Thank you for joining us for A Conversation with Ana Marie Argilagos, President & CEO of Hispanics in Philanthropy.
Watch the full recording of the Ana Marie’s keynote presentation and the community panel discussion.

Ana Marie Argilagos joined HIP as our new president on January 1, 2018. She is guiding HIP with a bold vision: to usher in a new generation of philanthropy that is for, by, and about the Latino community.

Previously Ana Marie was a senior advisor at the Ford Foundation as part of the Equitable Development team. Her work has focused on urban development strategies to reduce poverty, expand economic opportunity, and advance sustainability in cities and regions across the world. Before becoming a senior adviser at the foundation in 2014, she served as deputy chief of staff and deputy assistant secretary at the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). While there, she created the Office for International and Philanthropic Innovation (IPI) to deepen and scale collaboration between public and philanthropic sectors. The IPI model of sourcing innovation and leveraging partnerships from broad global networks is now being successfully replicated at other federal cabinet agencies and in cities across the US. Previous to rejoining HUD she spent eight years as a senior program officer at the Annie E. Casey Foundation in Baltimore, where she spearheaded the foundation’s work in rural areas, indigenous communities, and the US-Mexico border region.

Until recently, Ana Marie was an adjunct professor of international urban planning at New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service. She has a successful track record working within both the public and the nonprofit sectors in a range of capacities—from educational programs manager at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, to the director of the New Workplace for Women Project at the National Council of La Raza, to the deputy director of Ayuda, a community-based legal clinic serving immigrants in Washington, DC—and has proved herself to be an entrepreneurial thinker bridging diverse agendas and achieving results.

Ana Marie received her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University and her bachelor’s degree in international relations from American University.

Meet the Panelists

Frank René López has dedicated most of his professional career to working with community and nonprofit organizations.  He has a strong business background and extensive experience in nonprofit capacity building, including strategic planning, board and leadership development, fundraising, grant writing, fund development, and social enterprise. 

His many years of experience serving as an executive director for strong organizations, including Ngage New Mexico and the New Mexico Association of Grantmakers has provided him with a unique perspective on how organizations make change happen.  While he was at Ngage NM in Las Cruces New Mexico, his team embraced the use of “collective impact” as a model for facilitating change by bringing together key partners for greater community impact.  In that capacity, he orchestrated a county-wide “early childhood education coalition.  At NMAG, he was one of the key architects behind the New Mexico Broadband Collective.  He has assisted hundreds of organizations with strategic planning and development.  He served as a coach for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s leadership/fellowship program.  He is a teacher at heart and has delivered presentations throughout the United States.  He has also taught at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University, and Texas Tech University School of Law.  Frank is an attorney, licensed to practice law in California and Texas.  He has a B.B.A. in Accounting from UT Austin and J.D. from UC Berkeley, School of Law. 

Dr. Heredia-Griego is currently an independent consultant, conducting impact research and managing large-scale impact projects with local and national foundations, state government and nonprofits. Meriah has over 20 years of experience working with youth, families, leaders, and policymakers to address some of the biggest challenges facing children and families through applied policy research, evaluation and learning. Her work has been critical to shaping policy and funding strategies in the areas of health, education and employment equity in New Mexico. Meriah earned a PhD in Higher Education Administration from Colorado State University, a Masters of Community and Regional Planning and a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Journalism and Chicana/o Studies from the University of New Mexico (UNM).

During her time at UNM, Dr. Heredia-Griego served as Director and Research Assistant Professor at the UNM Cradle to Career Policy Institute (CCPI), previously the Center for Education Policy Research (CEPR), where she partnered with key organizations and stakeholders to conduct applied research in the areas of policy, strategic design and program evaluation. CEPR research initiatives involved robust needs assessments and landscape mapping across the cradle to career continuum including HomeVisiting Resource and Referral Services, Early Childhood Education Programs, Community Schools, My Brother’s Keeper, Adult Basic Education and Workforce Training. In addition to her role as CCPI director, she also maintained a research portfolio, which included higher education policy, equity-focused research, qualitative research methods, community based participatory research, action research, Hispanic Serving Institution leadership, and workforce training programs.

José is a trustee and chair of the governance committee for the Albuquerque Community Foundation. As Chief Executive Officer of MediaDesk, an award-winning creative agency that deploys solutions to power positive change for nonprofits and government agencies,  he works at the intersection of social, public, and private initiatives. José has served on several boards and has a strong interest in cultivating equity and representation in any organization he is a part of. In addition to ACF José is a sitting trustee with Bosque School and a board member for the National Institute of Flamenco. He lives in the North Valley with his two children, Ella and Miguel.

In March 2019, Marisa Magallanez joined the Albuquerque Community Foundation as Advancement Director after 14 years at the National Institute of Flamenco. While at the Institute, Marisa helped establish milestone initiatives including Tierra Adentro Charter School, Tablao Flamenco, the Sawmill Campus, and rebuilding the organization after the 2013 fire.

Marisa holds an MBA with a focus in Policy and Planning from the University of New Mexico. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hot yoga, and spending time with her dog.

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