LAURA ARRILLAGA-ANDREESSEN, FOUNDER
Laura committed to living a life of service at age 25—just prior to her late mother’s passing. Blessed to be the daughter of two extraordinary philanthropists, John Arrillaga Sr. and the late Frances Arrillaga, Laura strives to continue her family’s philanthropic legacy in all that she does. Laura is the visionary and leader of LAAF.org, and she drives its core innovations and decision-making around how to best leverage her knowledge and expertise to positively impact the giving of others. Laura believes that the strongest leaders surround themselves with individuals who have talents, skills and expertise that far surpasses her own. Her team is made up of a spectacular array of former star students from her Stanford University courses—each of whom brings immense wisdom, incomparable value and radiant joy to her every day.
Mandara believes deeply in the potential of all people to lead, and has spent her career ensuring that people who are closest to the problems can shape impactful, system-changing solutions. Mandara is a master facilitator, coach and content designer. She served for nine years as the Vice President of Leadership Development and Design at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), where she built LEE’s leadership development model, launched over twenty programs, oversaw all of LEE's programming for a distributed network of 40,000 members and increased the number of women, people of color and members of other historically underrepresented groups across leadership roles. Mandara previously spent four years as the National Director of Programs at the Center for Progressive Leadership, a nonpartisan political training institute. Mandara started her career as an attorney, and has advocated on issues including immigration, gender equity, health care and access to higher education. Mandara is a proud graduate of Swarthmore College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. A self-proclaimed leadership development nerd, she has participated in countless trainings and fellowships, starting with the Coro Fellows Program in Public Affairs. A Bay Area native, Mandara happily lives in Oakland with her partner.
Teaching and Course Assistants
Power of You: Women in Leadership
Former Full-Time Employees
Former Summer analysts
Former Stanford Women in Business Spring Interns
WORKING AT LAAF.org
Collaborative - At LAAF.org, we believe that the whole is greater than the some of its parts. Each LAAFer is selected for the unique perspectives and contributions they bring to our work and the resources we create. LAAF.org embraces a collaboration-first approach to produce the highest quality of accurate, relevant resources for a diverse array of givers and leaders.
Empowering - LAAFers are empowered to develop new skills and deploy existing capabilities to create the greatest value for givers and leaders. All members of LAAF.org are encouraged (and expected!) to recommend new processes and approaches as well as opportunities for impact beyond our current portfolio of work.
Embracing - LAAF.org’s success depends on all LAAFers bringing their best selves and ideas to our work each and every day. Therefore, we aim to create a safe and brave space where individuals are their authentic selves and provide honest feedback on all dimensions of our work together.
Accountability - At LAAF.org, we are accountable to delivering on our mission in service to others. To do so, we hold ourselves to the highest standards of performance toward achieving our collective and individual goals and results. As each LAAFer was selected because of their demonstrated capabilities and potential for growth, employees are expected to be able to work with considerable autonomy, take initiative to ensure timely delivery of work and support one another’s success by freely exchanging insights and information including playbooks for success, growth opportunities and learnings from mistakes.
Purpose-Aligned - At LAAF.org, we believe every individual has a unique purpose that honors their passions, skills, backgrounds and opportunities for impact. When hiring new LAAFers, we ensure that each teammate’s purpose is well-aligned with LAAF.org’s mission as well as our priorities of content, education and inclusivity.