Xan Avendaño

Program Officer (Hawaiʻi Office)

Xan Avendaño is a program officer and supports the Weinberg Foundation’s grantmaking in Hawaiʻi. Xan began his career at the Foundation in 2018 as a graduate intern in Baltimore. Upon completing his graduate studies, Xan returned to his family home of Hawaiʻi to officially join the Foundation in 2019. In this role, Xan supports the Foundation’s grantmaking and partnerships across funding areas, with a special focus on housing and houselessness.

A proud child of immigrants, Xan has pursued employment opportunities that reflect his family’s values. He began his career as an early education teacher and went on to work in the government and nonprofit sectors. Xan has served as committee clerk for the Hawaiʻi State Senate Committee on Human Services and Housing, where he brought together diverse stakeholders to develop social policy. He has also led consulting projects domestically and internationally in strategic planning and has designed youth social entrepreneurship programming for undergraduate students.

In his current role, Xan is humbled to work in partnership with nonprofit organizations, community members, and policy leaders to ensure all Hawaiʻi residents can live in a safe, affordable house in the place they call home.

Xan received a Master of Public Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he was a TIAA fellow in nonprofit leadership, and his Bachelor of Arts in international relations from American University. He is a Hispanics in Philanthropy Líder, joining a network of social sector professionals working toward a more equitable and inclusive future for the Americas.

Xan lives on the island of Oʻahu, where you can find him listening to podcasts and cooking paella with his loving wife and rescue dog.

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