Mariko Sarafin
Senior Program Officer of Affiliates

Direct: 907-249-6609
Main: 907-334-6700

Mariko was born in Anchorage and had beautiful experiences growing up in Alaska; running her hands through the Kenai river’s cold blue-green water, smelling the pristine air with its chilly breeze, and feeling peace when exploring Alaska’s 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 recently served on the Association of Fundraising Professionals Alaska Chapter Board as the I.D.E.A. (DEI) Chair and has volunteered for several nonprofit organizations, like Radical Arts for Women and Keys to Life. 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 held a wide range of professional positions. 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 people in their hometowns to find solutions and address community needs, 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
  • Social Justice