Pedro Arista Promoted to Senior Director at Hirsch Philanthropy Partners

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Hirsch Philanthropy Partners is thrilled to announce the promotion of Pedro Arista to Senior Director. In his new role, Pedro will collaborate with community partners and philanthropists to build complex strategies, including public-private partnerships, that address inequities and lead to deep impact in the Bay Area.

Pedro joined Hirsch in 2017 to develop and lead a capacity-building program for the Hellman Foundation’s Collaborative Change Initiative, which invests in and builds cross-sector collaborations in Alameda and San Francisco counties to address disparities in health, education, and opportunity. His significant contributions within the Foundation and across the firm elevated him to Director in 2019. Among his many achievements, Pedro led the creation of a large investment strategy partnering closely with the Hellman Foundation Board and key stakeholders to tackle food insecurity through community clinics in San Francisco.

A strong advocate for community-centered solutions, Pedro applies an intersectional lens to his work that is grounded in trust-based philanthropy and participatory grantmaking values and practices. He is an accomplished and passionate partner for philanthropists to meaningfully engage with the Bay Area communities they hope to serve, and is particularly motivated to advance racial justice and health equity outcomes.

“Pedro approaches his work with a burning desire to create positive and inclusive relationships with all community partners,” said Susan Hirsch, Founder & CEO. “He is a trusted leader and mentor at our firm, and we are thrilled that he will have an even more prominent role partnering with philanthropists to achieve transformative, community-centered change.”

Pedro is a member of the Latino Community Foundation’s LGBTQ+ Giving Circle, a network committed to mobilizing resources and investing in Latinx communities across California. He holds a Master of Public Health from San Francisco State University, where he previously served as faculty in the Department of Public Health, teaching courses on health policy and equity.