Rafael Torres joined the Schott Foundation for Public Education in September 2015. As Program Associate, Rafael supports the coordination of the Foundation’s resource delivery strategy, including the provision of grantmaking, communications, network building, and policy advocacy supports.
Rafael has a variety of experience in philanthropic, educational, and cultural programming. For three years as Program Associate at United Way of New York City, he collaborated with community-based organizations and NYC public schools to work with at-risk youth on attendance improvement and dropout prevention. In other roles, he provided program management, technical assistance and communications at the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards and the Union Square Awards. Most recently, Rafael worked at the Arcus Foundation on the Social Justice Programs team in New York City, where he supported department-wide operations and initiatives.
Rafael began his nonprofit career while an undergraduate at the Pratt Institute for Fine Arts and Art History, working as a Peer Youth Educator at the Hetrick-Martin Institute. He later obtained an MA from New York University in Non-Profit Arts Administration. Along with his work in social justice, he continues to engage in the arts by volunteering for organizations like Visual AIDS and creating artwork in his spare time.
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