Senior Advisor, The Vaid Group
Rickke Mananzala has been active in grassroots organizing, advocacy, and social justice philanthropy for over two decades. He currently works as an independent consultant advising foundations and individual donors on social justice grantmaking strategy, capacity-building, and program design. Rickke’s roots in community and youth organizing for racial and gender justice and LGBTQ rights guide his work in philanthropy to move resources where and how they are needed most. He most recently served as Vice President of Programs at Borealis Philanthropy, a philanthropic intermediary that brings funders together to support leaders, organizations and movements in their efforts to build power in communities most impacted by injustice. Rickke previously served as the Executive Director of FIERCE, a grassroots organization for LGBTQ youth of color in New York City that spearheaded campaigns to challenge youth criminalization. He was also a New Voices Fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project where he worked to integrate legal services, litigation, and policy advocacy in service of organizing and movement-building by and for low-income transgender people in New York City. Rickke was a founding board member of the Right to the City Alliance and served on the board of the Third Wave Foundation (now Third Wave Fund) where he helped develop grant-making strategies to support feminist youth organizing work across the U.S. He currently serves as the board chair of Funders for LGBTQ Issues and is a trustee of the New York Foundation. Rickke received his B.A. in political science from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on urban policy.