Luz Vega-Marquis

Our People

Luz Vega-Marquis

President and CEO

“Traveler, there is no road. Traveler, you make the road by walking.”
Antonio Machado

I have spent my career building institutions and designing grantmaking strategies for the greatest impact. My aim, the same as the Foundation’s, is to bring about social change by mobilizing and strengthening the voices of low–income communities. I believe with all my heart that together we can change attitudes, policies, systems and the perception that 46 million Americans are undeserving because they lack resources or possessions.

The Foundation is positioned as a leader in movement building by shaping its grantmaking and communication strategies to support a nationwide movement of poor and low–income families. I encourage the support of movement building by investing in organizations that put families at the forefront of efforts to fight poverty and work together across issues, race, ethnicity, regions and egos to bring about social change – and by deploying strategic communications to advance a unifying message that reflects the voice of poor and low–income families.

Before helping to found Marguerite Casey Foundation in 2001, I served as the executive director of the Community Technology Foundation of California and as the vice president and chief operating officer at the National Economic Development and Law Center. I was also the director of grants programs and a senior program officer at The James Irvine Foundation.

I am the founder of Hispanics in Philanthropy and currently serve on the boards of Group Health Community Foundation, Philanthropy Northwest, Putting Families First and The Workers Lab. Past board service includes Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, The California Wellness Foundation, Council on Foundations, Independent Sector, Katalysis Foundation, Northern California Grantmakers and the Women’s Foundation of California. I hold a BA in modern languages from the University of San Francisco and an MA in Latin American studies from Stanford University.

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