Priscilla is the Chief Executive Officer of The James B. McClatchy Foundation. She provides leadership in strategic philanthropic investments while supporting the bedrock tenets of democracy and advancing equity in education to lift community voice and improve access to learning. Priscilla ensures that all people, especially children, have pathways to living a fulfilling life in California’s Central Valley. As a dedicated servant leader, she works to enhance and uphold The James B. McClatchy Foundation’s promise to support Multilingual Learners and First Amendment rights—especially the freedoms of speech, expression, and a free press.
With over 20 years of experience in grantmaking and philanthropy, Priscilla has curated community investments in human services, civic engagement, community development, the arts, consumer protection, the digital divide, education, health care, and youth. Prior to joining The James B. McClatchy Foundation, Priscilla served in various leadership positions with Sacramento Region Community Foundation, where she was responsible for grantmaking, community engagement, and program initiatives in educational attainment for marginalized youth, the creative sector, food economy, and philanthropy, spearheading the development of region’s largest 24-hour giving day, the Big Day of Giving. Throughout her career, she has addressed digital divide issues across California, created greater access to health care in underserved communities through technology, helped roll-out inaugural efforts for Geographic Managed Care for Medi-Cal and medically underserved populations, and provided regional maternal and child health grantmaking and community development.
Priscilla is a thoughtful leader who cares about impact, working to infuse rigor, diversity, equity, inclusion and respect as tools to fuel community change. While her experience is philanthropically deep, she also has served as a community nonprofit board member helping nonprofits grow, expand, or turnaround. She is a member of the Fairytale Town board as it expands its park to include a Story Center which will foster early literacy in young children; is a commissioner, appointed by the Mayor, for the City of Sacramento’s Arts, Culture and Creative Economy Commission where she is helping to activate the arts city-wide; is a director for the national membership organization, Asian Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP); was recently appointed as Co-Chair to the Strategic Lifespan Peer Network of the National Center for Family Philanthropy; and is a founding board member of the newly formed Central Valley Journalism Collaborative. Priscilla holds a B.A. in Anthropology and Public Health and an M.A. in Public Health– both from UC Berkeley. She is a Senior Fellow in the American Leadership Forum and was a recipient of the Pew Charitable Trust Educational Stipend.