JC De Vera

Associate Director

My role at Hirsch: 

I work collaboratively with philanthropists to develop impactful solutions to the broad and deep issues impacting our society from basic needs to democracy. I leverage my background in philanthropy and community engagement to connect generous philanthropic resources with effective organizations and leaders to address real needs and uplift communities. I also utilize my communications experience to elevate Hirsch’s stellar brand and reputation. 

My journey to Hirsch: 

Before joining Hirsch Philanthropy Partners, I served as Nurturing Equity Movements Fellow at the San Francisco Foundation, where I led the Rapid Response Fund for Movement Building and managed a grant portfolio to promote civic engagement and leadership development. I began my career in the nonprofit sector managing communications for The Greenlining Institute – a racial and economic justice policy organization – before working to advance local government policies in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Immigrant Affairs. I am an alum of the Justice Funders Harmony Initiative, New Leaders Council San Francisco, and Front Line Leaders Academy leadership programs. I am a proud Double Bruin, holding a Masters in Public Policy and a dual B.A. magna cum laude in Sociology and Asian American Studies from UCLA. 

What inspires my work: 

As the son of an immigrant, working-class family, I’ve experienced firsthand both the struggle of a family working hard to make ends meet and the persistence to provide better opportunities for future generations. I am fortunate to be part of the Hirsch team because our collaboration with philanthropists honors the sacrifices my family has made and speaks to my own purpose: to uplift community members and advance systemic change to extend economic opportunity for all. 

In my free time: 

I am proud to serve as Co-Chair of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy’s Bay Area Chapter, Chairperson of Lacuna Giving Circle, and on the steering committee of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy’s San Francisco chapter. On the weekends, you’ll likely find me enjoying Bay Area nature, at a live-music venue, or traveling and eating my way through new and familiar cities.