Marianna Schaffer, Vice President of Programs

Marianna Schaffer is Vice President of Programs, a critical leader at the Foundation providing oversight and management of all programmatic activities. In her role, she ensures alignment with Foundation goals and values focused on equity, anti-racism, and justice. 

Marianna has nearly 20 years experience as a philanthropic nonprofit sector leader. She was the inaugural Director of Artist Initiatives at Creative Capital, an organization that provides adventurous artists across the country with substantial financial and capacity-building grants. While there, she ushered in the widest national diversity of applicants, awarded artists, and practitioners in the organization’s history. 

Prior to Creative Capital, Marianna was Program Officer at the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, where she worked with individual artists and small arts organizations at the intersection of arts and social justice. She also managed the New Climate Initiative, a partnership with the Sundance Institute focused on climate change-related media projects. Before joining Rauschenberg, Marianna was Director of Programs at the David Rockefeller Fund. There she oversaw day-to-day operations and grantmaking focused on arts access and engagement, criminal justice reform, and climate justice and advocacy. 

Marianna serves on the Board of Directors of HI-ARTS, Outdoor Empowered Network, and the Scherman Foundation. She is the daughter of a Marlton native and mother of two.