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.
From an early age, Candace believed that access and opportunity, not innate ability, were the primary predictors of life outcomes. As a result, she developed strong interests in education, workforce development and entrepreneurship to equip individuals with the skills needed to thrive in their lives and communities. Over the years, she has volunteered to empower vulnerable populations (formerly homeless and formerly incarcerated individuals, respectively) with stability through small business creation. She also worked extensively with Stanford Alumni Association to provide supplemental resources to alumni from underrepresented groups, including founding SNBAA's Alumni Mentorship Program (AMP), an initiative pairing more than 300 Black alumni for personal and professional mentorship. Candace is the Interim Executive Director at LAAF.org, leading strategy and execution for the foundation.
Candace holds a B.S. from Stanford University in Management Science and Engineering as well as an MBA and Certificate in Public Management and Social Innovation from Stanford's Graduate School of Business. She is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion, particularly where DEI intersects with employment and entrepreneurship. Candace is also a partner at SV2.
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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.