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Viridiana Romero-Lopez brings a breadth of experience from the nonprofit, private and philanthropic sectors. Her passion for youth development has fueled a variety of key management roles in local organizations, while her knowledge of organizational stability translated into leadership roles spearheading finance and operations for tech and education-tech companies.

Viridiana currently serves as Portfolio Manager in Immigration for the Emerson Collective, a social-change organization dedicated to improving education, championing immigration reform and fostering innovative solutions to social issues. Her 17 years of experience in grassroots, community, and non-profit work informs her as a grantmaker and social-change agent. In her previous role as the Sr. Program Associate for the Sobrato Family Foundation her leadership experience included oversight of Program Related Investments and Board Governance.

In addition to her professional endeavors, Viridiana is a Hispanics In Philanthropy Next Generation Fellow and Board President of The Foundation for Economic Democracy. She earned 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.

Viridiana is a lifelong resident of San José and is deeply passionate about her community, the arts, and ‘cultura’. Her journey as an immigrant woman strongly impacts her commitment to the involvement, growth, and success of Latinas of all ages. Viridiana’s dedication to social justice drives her continuous contributions to womyn, immigration, and youth advocacy in the South Bay through high school and college student mentorship, community-organizing, and support of Latina-based issues.

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