Iliana earned a Bachelors of Science in Environmental Biology from Georgetown University, with a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies. After university, she volunteered in Colombia and Chile on small farms and taught English to children. Working with youth inspired her to pursue an opportunity at the World Health Organization where she supported research on comprehensive sexual and reproductive heath education for adolescents in different country contexts. Iliana comes to CAF America as a Grants Officer after completing a fellowship at a foundation supporting community-led organizations around the world to access more funding opportunities and resources for their programs.
What inspires me to do what I do
I am inspired by nonprofits that are working directly with their community to initiate change! Supporting these organizations to access funds is incredibly rewarding as they have the flexibility and knowledge to drive local impact.
None, but happy to take suggestions!
Nature, yoga, extravagant desserts
Book that moved me
Savage Inequalities by Jonothan Kozol. I read this book the summer before high school, and it inspired me to pursue volunteer opportunities in mentoring youth.
Something someone would be surprised to know about me
I was a coxswain for my university’s women’s rowing team! (and we don’t just yell “Row!”)
Slogans for life
How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.
Thing that really baffles me
DC metro inefficiencies
A person I’d love to meet
My grandparents, if time travel were possible!
Random fact about me
Random fact about me: I was born in Honduras, and while I only lived there for the first three years of my life it still holds a special place in my heart.