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AZ Community Foundation names Urias to executive team

Updated: Nov 4, 2021

The founder of Urias Communiactions and a well-respected advocate for Arizona's LatinX communities will oversee a grantmaking budget of more than $30 million

Lisa Urias, founder of the public relations/communications firm Urias Communications and a respected advocate for the Valley’s LatinX communities, will join the Arizona Community Foundation (ACF) as chief program and community engagement officer. She begins her new position April 1.

As a member of ACF’s executive management team, she will lead ACF’s engagements and relationships with diverse communities across Arizona.

“As both a corporate and community leader, Lisa understands the needs and interests of our donors, as well as the issues our donors care most about,” said Steve Seleznow, ACF president and chief executive officer.

Urias, who has served on the ACF board of directors for eight years and as chair of ACF’s Public Policy Committee, succeeds Elisa de la Vara, who plans to retire from the foundation at the end of this month.

She will be responsible for an annual grantmaking budget topping $30 million and oversee

ACF’s efforts in programs and special program initiatives, including the New Arizona Prize and Philanthropy for All; affiliate networks and rural philanthropy; the Community Impact Loan Fund; affordable housing; and immigration and border-related philanthropy.

Last year, the Arizona Community Foundation and its donors distributed $183.1 million in funds, mainly in six counties throughout the state. More than $94 million of it supported 7,000 plus small businesses and nonprofit groups impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has more than $1 billion in assets held in more than 1,800 funds. Since 1978, ACF has distributed $853 million in grants.

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