Rosa Maria Castañeda

Rosa Maria Castaneda is a dynamic authentic change-maker with a unique leadership record of driving impact toward racial justice and economic opportunity at four of the nation's leading philanthropic ventures. She has deep experience designing major philanthropic initiatives bridging advocacy, mobilization and policy development and building effective and empowered teams in service of a bold strategic agenda.

As a Director at the Omidyar Network, she is leading the firm's program-wide efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable future through our strategies and partnerships. Before joining Omidyar, she was the Racial Justice Initiative Director at William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. Prior to that at Annie E. Casey Foundation, she seeded one of the largest state and federal campaigns with racial equity and policy advocacy groups to successfully reverse an anti-immigrant policy. While there, she shifted the foundation's investments to advance economic mobility in southern states. She began her career in philanthropy at Pew Charitable Trusts after a decade developing actionable policy research to tackle economic and racial inequality at the Urban Institute, Center for Law and Social Policy and Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

A child refugee to the US, she is motivated to reimagine philanthropy, government and business to realize the promise of a just multiracial democracy.