Rickke Mananazala

Rickke Mananzala has been involved in movements for racial justice, LGBTQ rights, and gender justice for almost two decades. Since 2015, he has served as the vice president of strategy and programs at Borealis Philanthropy. Prior to that, he was an independent consultant for community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions focusing on program design, organizing strategy, policy analysis, and organizational development. Mr. Mananzala previously served as the executive director of FIERCE, a grassroots organization building the power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City. During his tenure, he spearheaded grassroots campaigns challenging youth criminalization, lead efforts to increase city funding for homeless LGBTQ youth shelters and services, and expanded the organization’s membership base and leadership development programs. Prior to FIERCE, Mr. Mananzala was a Ford Foundation New Voices Fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project where he worked to integrate legal services, litigation, policy advocacy, and organizing strategies by and for low-income transgender people in New York City. Mr. Mananzala was a founding board member of the Right to the City Alliance and he served on the board of the Third Wave Foundation where he helped develop grant-making strategies to support feminist youth organizing work across the U.S. He received a bachelor of arts in political science from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on urban policy and management.