Miguel Albarran Fernandez
Initiative Associate, Great Communities Collaborative
Why do you do what you do?
Justice is one of my five core principles, and making an impact is essential to my identity. I grew up as a first-generation Latino immigrant in a working-class family, in a city with a lot of wealth disparity (Palm Desert, CA). I lived and witnessed inequality every day, so when I began studying history and social movements in college, I made a commitment to always try and fight for a better world.
What drew you to the foundation?
I first learned about SFF through the SF Worker Bill of Rights Coalition. I really liked the work the foundation funded but what I loved more was that they weren’t afraid to take political stances and bring necessary conversations about racial, economic, and gender equity to the table. When I decided to shift to philanthropy, it was my number one choice!
How would you describe your role?
I am the logistical and administrative backbone of the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) team so we can have maximum impact on our grantmaking, convenings, and activism with our networks.
Are you involved in any volunteer activities?
I hope to volunteer for La Colectiva de Mujeres, a domestic workers collective in San Francisco, where I worked previously as a Labor Rights Organizer.