Viridiana brings a breadth of experience from the nonprofit, private and philanthropic sectors. Her journey as an immigrant woman strongly impacts her passion for social justice and fuels her commitment to community based organizations. She currently serves as Northern California Grantmakers’ Manager of Strategic Initiatives managing philanthropic collaboratives, partnerships, and other strategic initiatives.
She was most recently Portfolio Manager in Immigration at Emerson Collective (EC), leading philanthropic investments championing immigration reform, and managing capacity-building programs as EC’s Philanthropy Programs Manager. Previously, she was Program Director at Blue Heart, spearheading programming and grantmaking to fund grassroots organizations and art collaborations. Her background includes grantmaking at the Sobrato Family Foundation, program management for youth-based nonprofits, and management and operations in education and career focused tech companies.
She is a lifelong resident of San José and an avid supporter of arts and culture, enjoys baking, pottery, dancing, and traveling with her husband Cobán and rescue pup Koa. Viridiana has a Masters in Social Work from the University of Michigan, specializing in management and community organizing and B.A.s in Community Studies and Sociology from UC Santa Cruz.