JC De Vera is the Nurturing Equity Movements Fellow at The San Francisco Foundation, where he helps drive grantmaking that supports grassroots organizing, civic and voter engagement, and leadership development in the Bay Area. JC manages and oversees the Foundation’s Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building, which has moved over $1.2 million in grants to 100 grassroots organizations on the frontlines of tackling important racial and economic equity issues.
JC is a Bay Area native that was raised by a working-class, immigrant, Pilipinx family in San Jose, California. JC is a proud UCLA “Double Bruin,” having completed his undergraduate studies in Sociology and Asian American Studies, and his Master’s in Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, where he focused his studies on analyzing inequities in social and urban policy issues including education, community development, and philanthropy. During graduate school, he completed a yearlong policy fellowship with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs where he designed strategies to bolster civic engagement during the 2016 general election and developed programs and services to protect immigrants in the aftermath of the election.
Prior to graduate school, JC worked at The Greenlining Institute, where he built the organization’s digital media strategy from the ground up, and consequently oversaw strategy and operations for four years, tapping into the power of digital media and storytelling to advance racial and economic justice policies. While at Greenlining, he authored The Art of Listening: Social Media Toolkit for Nonprofits, a strategy guide to help nonprofits launch their digital media presence, which quickly became the organization’s most-read publication.
JC previously served on the nonprofit boards of Associated Students UCLA, Filipino Advocates for Justice, and the Greenlining Academy Alumni Association. In 2013, he was selected as the valedictorian for the Front Line Leaders Academy, a national political leadership development program for young progressives. JC is currently a steering committee member for the Bay Area chapters of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP). JC also currently serves as the chairperson of Lacuna Giving Circle, a micro-philanthropy made up of queer API folks who pool their networks and money to raise and give funds to nonprofits serving LGBT and AAPI communities.
When he’s not busy advancing equity, JC is an avid foodie, live music junkie, Netflix binger, HIIT/yoga enthusiast, and wanderluster planning his next travel destination.