Staff Bio Mariko Sarafin

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Mariko Sarafin
Senior Affiliate Program Officer

Direct: 907-249-6609
Main: 907-334-6700
Email: msarafin@alaskacf.org

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Since 2012, Mariko has been with the Alaska Community Foundation (ACF) and passionately believes in the mission of growing philanthropy across Alaska. Mariko is ACF’s Senior Program Officer who leads the statewide Affiliate Program. She manages and supports the growth of 11 Affiliate community foundations, from Fairbanks to Ketchikan. Mariko advises and guides local groups of volunteers who focus on growing charitable resources for their communities, for now and forever.

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: Disability Adjudicator at Social Security Disability for the State of Alaska; Videographer, Editor, and Sound Engineer for Progressive Media Alaska; and Administrative Assistant for DOT Alaska.

Mariko’s love of music and songwriting has translated into many volunteer years serving on the Board of Radical Arts for Women, an Anchorage nonprofit that supports women empowerment through the performing arts, and volunteering for community music projects across Alaska, including Carnegie Hall’s heartfelt “Hiland Mountain Lullaby Project” where local musicians connect and collaborate with incarcerated parents to write songs for their children. Since 2019, Mariko has served on the Alaska Chapter Board of AFP as the I.D.E.A. Co-Chair, focusing on growing DEI and the sense of belonging within the Alaska Chapter.

Mariko shares her life with her wife, Erin, and their wonderful chocolate lab, Mirrah, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Philanthropic Interests:

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