Staff Bio Mariko Sarafin

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Mariko Sarafin
Senior Affiliate Program Officer

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Main: 907-334-6700

Mariko was born in Anchorage at the old Humana hospital and hopes her future children will have the same beautiful experiences she had growing up in Alaska – running their small hands through the Kenai river’s cold blue-green water, smelling the pristine air with its chilly breeze, and feeling peace when exploring forests and mountains. The smell of fish and dirt, wild roses and freezing air, Mariko observes her surroundings thoughtfully each day throughout the year.

Mariko is a singer-songwriter who learned to play guitar because her brother is a patient teacher. Mariko serves on the Alaska Chapter Board of AFP as their I.D.E.A. Co-Chair and volunteers for Radical Arts for Women, a local nonprofit that empowers women through the arts. Mariko also volunteers for many community music projects around Alaska, including the heartfelt “Lullaby Project” where musicians connect and collaborate with incarcerated parents to write songs for their children.

Mariko graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from UAA and has had a wide range of professional experiences. Some of her work highlights include: Videographer, Editor, and Sound Engineer for Progressive Media Alaska; Disability Adjudicator at Social Security Disability for the State of Alaska; and Substitute Teacher for the Anchorage School District. At the Alaska Community Foundation, Mariko leads the statewide Affiliate program, supporting local Advisory Boards and regional staff who galvanize their hometowns to find solutions and address community needs by building endowments that benefit their communities, now and forever.

Mariko shares her life with her wife and their wonderful chocolate lab, Mirrah.

Philanthropic Interests:

  • Animal Care
  • Arts & Culture
  • Community Development
  • Human Rights & Equity
  • Policy & Advocacy