The Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona recently announced the selection of Amalia Luxardo as its new chief executive officer. Luxardo will provide strategic leadership in community engagement, mobilizing key stakeholders in advocacy and public policy and securing financial resources to increase the sustainability and growth of the organization.
As a first-generation immigrant, Luxardo’s academic and professional careers have been dedicated to social, economic, racial and gender issues. Early in her career, she served the broader Hispanic/Latino community in Washington, D.C., where she advanced access to justice for minorities. She worked with higher education institutions, private firms, local nonprofits and the U.S. Department of State as a researcher and policy advisor on immigrant rights and issues surrounding the socio-economic impact of immigrants in the community.
Prior to joining WFSA, Luxardo worked at the Florence Project Director of Philanthropy. In 2018, she helped raise more than $6 million in funds in response to the family separation crisis and nearly doubled the organization’s programmatic budget. As a result, she was recognized as a Next Gen leader by Hispanics in Philanthropy and is currently part of a movement to create new and equitable philanthropy for people of color.