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Edgar Villanueva

Philanthropy Executive & Author

Company: Schott Foundation for Public Education
Role: Guest Speaker  /  Session Presenter

Edgar Villanueva is a globally-recognized expert on social justice philanthropy. He serves as chair of the Board of Directors of Native Americans in Philanthropy and NDN Collective, and is a board member of the Andrus Family Fund, a national foundation that works to improve outcomes for vulnerable youth.

Edgar currently serves as senior vice president at the Schott Foundation for Public Education where he oversees grant investment and capacity building supports for education justice campaigns across the United States.

He is the award-winning author of “Decolonizing Wealth,” a best-selling book offering hopeful and compelling alternatives to the dynamics of colonization in the philanthropic and social finance sectors. In addition to working in philanthropy for many years, he has consulted with numerous nonprofit organizations and national and global philanthropies on advancing racial equity inside of their institutions and through their investment strategies.

Edgar holds two degrees from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina and resides in Brooklyn, N.Y.


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