Director, Latino Equity Fund, The Boston Foundation
Evelyn Barahona is the first director of the Latino Equity Fund, the only philanthropic fund centered on the Latino community in the Commonwealth created in 2013 in partnership with the Boston Foundation and Hispanics in Philanthropy. In this role, she is tasked with increasing its philanthropic capacity to include civic leadership, advocacy, and centering its support to address key issues in equity and access in economic prosperity and health for the Latino Community through its platform of grant making, strategic partnerships, research, convening, and advocacy. Previously, Evelyn worked in the Philanthropy Group at The Boston Foundation as an Officer in providing strategic guidance to Donor Advised Fund holders interested in using their philanthropic dollars to address key community issues. She was instrumental in bringing racial equity discussions to donors and providing space to use philanthropy as a vehicle to strengthen equity in the nonprofit sector. Evelyn also served as a consultant for the Massachusetts United Puerto Rico Fund, and worked with an Advisory Committee in disbursing over $4 million dollars on the island on key recovery projects and providing philanthropic support in Massachusetts for the nonprofit sector handling an influx of relocated Puerto Ricans into the Commonwealth after Hurricane Maria and the following months and year.