Delia de la Vara
Delia de la Vara is the Senior Vice President for Development and Strategic Initiatives at UnidosUS (formerly the National Council of La Raza). In her 20+ years with UnidosUS, she has held various roles helping the organization achieve its mission of creating opportunities for Latinos in the U.S. and honing her expertise in nonprofit capacity-building, leadership and organizational development, partnership development, fundraising, marketing and brand management, community outreach and engagement, communications, and event production.
In her role, Delia’s core responsibilities include leading fundraising efforts for the UnidosUS core operations through creative strategies that leverage UnidosUS community impact with strategic funding partnerships. She also leads the UnidosUS 50th Anniversary Campaign for Equal Opportunity, a signature fundraising initiative to raise $50 million to mark UnidosUS legacy of contributions, as well as, affirm and structure its ability to be a valued resource to the Latino community and the country in decades to come.
Prior to joining UnidosUS, Delia worked at the City of Phoenix Mayors Office in Arizona and the Monterey Regional Water Pollution and Control Agency in California. She holds a bachelor’s degree in regional development and Latin American studies from the University of Arizona.