After a three month international search, Marisa Aurora Quiroz has been selected to lead the International Community Foundation (ICF) as President and Chief Executive Officer. Her track record co-powering and strengthening communities and vulnerable natural habitats will lead ICF into its exciting future.
“Marisa brings experience, professionalism, relationships, empathy, and above all, passion for this great community foundation,” said Gustavo A. De La Fuente, ICF’s Board Chair. “I have no doubt that she will wisely guide our organization and rise to the occasion when new opportunities and challenges come our way. The board is looking forward to working hand in hand with Marisa on the next stage of our growth.”
As the President and Chief Executive Officer, Aurora Quiroz will lead the continuing evolution of ICF’s innovative model and build on its bold history and track record of community impact. She will report to an internationally experienced Board of Governors and work collaboratively with a stellar team, globally active funders, and local program partners.
Aurora Quiroz, an Imperial Beach resident, has served ICF in many roles. She previously served as the Vice President of Culture and Impact, overseeing a growing portfolio of programs and special initiatives. Prior to that role, she was Senior Program Officer for Environmental Conservation, leading ICF’s Environment portfolio, emphasizing marine and terrestrial conservation in México’s Baja California peninsula, coastal communities of the Gulf of California and the Caribbean. Aurora Quiroz first joined ICF in 2015, after seven years at The San Diego Foundation. There, she worked with regional leaders to advance conservation efforts that ensured community access to clean air, water, and nature, while promoting collaborative action on climate change. Her work at The San Diego Foundation led to the creation of the Parks for Everyone report and the Opening the Outdoors Initiative.
Aurora Quiroz’s dedication to community action at the local, regional, and national levels is demonstrated by her many leadership roles. She is a co-founder of the San Diego Latina Giving Circle; she serves on the Advisory Board for the Nonprofit Institute at the University of San Diego and is the incoming Board Chair for the Environment Grantmakers Association. She holds a master’s in Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of San Diego and a bachelor’s in Anthropology and Sociology from Mills College. She is a PLACES Fellow, a HOPE graduate, and a former board member for the Center for Diversity and the Environment.
Beyond serving as a leader in a nonprofit organization, she is Latina, bilingual and bicultural, bringing first-hand knowledge of the communities, initiatives, and programs ICF supports. ICF is an organization guided by purpose – to strengthen humanity with community. Aurora Quiroz’s leadership of ICF is an opportunity to set a more ambitious agenda that will advance the organization’s vision of communities as self-sustaining ecosystems of change in the border region, México, Latin America and beyond.