Mares Asfaha

Manager, Programs

Born and raised in Seattle, Mares  graduated from Whitman College in 2014 with a B.A. in French and Economics. Mares has managed social media platforms to build support for marginalized communities, particularly low-income and homeless populations in Walla Walla. In the years since graduating, she’s primarily worked in youth development in South Seattle. Her previous work includes running a youth program with Refugee Women’s Alliance, supervising a youth internship program with Seattle Housing Authority for a pavement to parks project and analyzing higher education policy at Economic Opportunity Institute. Her broad experience with nonprofits also includes grant writing, fundraising and participating in United Way’s board training program, Project LEAD.

Mares is passionate about building grassroots power and supporting marginalized communities. For fun she enjoys reading, finding new places to eat and living in peace with her cat.

Mares Asfaha's blog posts

October 21, 2019

We have officially kicked-off our third cohort of Momentum Fellows! We are so proud to have such dynamic leaders in this cohort and in the philanthropic sector.

Building on the successes and lessons from cohorts one and two, we’ve made exciting changes to the Momentum Fellowship, like expanding the program to include people already working with their organizations, but still consider themselves new to philanthropy. We’re excited to support this group of talented folks who bring a wealth of expertise not just from their lived experiences, but also from their previous professional work prior to entering philanthropy. This third cohort of fellows features artists, youth development workers and community organizers. They represent a wide range of experiences and valuable expertise that they will bring to our sector. more »