Edgar Villanueva

Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy, Schott Foundation

Edgar Villanueva joined the Schott Foundation as Vice President of Programs and Advocacy on June 1, 2015. In this role, Edgar guides the Foundation’s resource delivery strategy, including the provision of grantmaking, communications, network building, and policy advocacy supports.

Edgar has significant philanthropy experience, beginning his grantmaking career in 2005 as a Senior Program Officer at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, a $600 million health equity-focused foundation in Winston-Salem, NC. Most recently, Edgar served as a Program Officer for the National and Midwest Portfolios at the Marguerite Casey Foundation in Seattle, WA. There he managed a multi-million dollar grants portfolio focused on building capacity for progressive change through multi-issue movement building.

For many years, Edgar has been a social justice advocate for youth and communities of color, and he has held leadership roles on various boards and advisory committees such as The Executives’ Alliance to Expand Opportunities for Boys and Men of Color and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Forward Promise National Advisory Committee.

Edgar earned a bachelor of arts from Jackson College of Ministries, a bachelor of science in public health from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master of health administration from the UNC Gillings Global School of Public Health. He is a native of North Carolina and an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe.


Family Philanthropy Speaks Vlog

Edgar Villanueva Speaks on Colonization, Wealth, and Next Steps for Philanthropy

Posted on December 2, 2020 by Nicholas A. Tedesco, Edgar Villanueva

About the Series Philanthropy is a practice borne out of compassion and commitment—and one that is deeply rooted in family. It’s also a practice that must continue to evolve to effectively meet the needs of the communities it seeks to serve. Thankfully, there are countless social sector leaders who are advancing the field with their bold ideas and unwavering enthusiasm… Read More
In the Field

Edgar Villanueva: ‘The Rainy Day We’ve All Been Thinking About is Here’

Posted on April 30, 2020 by Edgar Villanueva, Gail Picco

Edgar Villanueva speaking at the 2019 National Forum on Family Philanthropy
Editor’s Note: This interview was originally published by The Charity Report and re-posted here with permission.  Gail Picco: How are you doing? Edgar Villanueva: I’m doing okay, all things being considered. I’m in Brooklyn and live about a block from a hospital. It’s just non-stop sirens, and I wonder what’s happening with those people… Gail Picco: The Charity Report launched just as… Read More
Voices from the Field

What Funders Can Learn from Beyoncé

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Edgar Villanueva

Let’s start listening to (seeking first to understand) our grantees, before responding with answers and solutions. Let’s facilitate the solutions of a problem by asking questions such as, “What are the outcomes you/we want from this situation?” “What support do you need from me?” “How can you hold me, as the funder, accountable?”… Read More

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