Ariana was most recently Community Impact Director at Community Foundation Sonoma County, where she worked to align resources to organizations and programs within the areas of health and human services, environmental education, latino leadership, animal welfare, and disaster recovery and preparedness. One of her proudest accomplishments is co-launching the CFSC Internship Program---a pipeline for college students to gain experience in the foundation sector and increase diversity in philanthropy. Ariana is an alumnus of the Northern California Grantmaker’s Rising Leaders Cohort, a leadership program focused on transforming philanthropy to become a justice-oriented sector working to dismantle existing disparities and inequities, particularly those that fall across racial lines.
Ariana previously held multiple positions at Sonoma State University, including at the Office of Reporting and Analytics, Faculty Affairs, and Undergraduate Studies. During her time at SSU, Ariana volunteered to coordinate Raza Graduation, the cultural graduation celebration for Latinx students and provided facilitation and translation for the Spanish Parent Orientation. On her own time, Ariana served on the Sonoma County Commission on the Status of Women for six years, including three years as co-Program Manager for the Junior Commission on the Status of Women. As a first-generation college student and daughter of immigrant parents, Ariana recognizes the power of education to provide greater access to opportunities and strives to be a mentor for youth as they further their education goals.
Ariana has an undergraduate degree in Social Work and a graduate degree in Public Administration. She grew up in Napa County and has called Sonoma County, specifically Santa Rosa, home now for almost a decade. Ariana re-energizes through walks in nature and being in community, enjoys spoiling her chocolate lab Moose, and is a fan of all things Harry Potter.