Staff Bio Mariko Sarafin

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Mariko Sarafin
Senior Affiliate Program Officer

Direct: 907-249-6609
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 serves on the Board of Radical Arts for Women, a local nonprofit that empowers women through the arts. Mariko volunteers for many music projects across town, including a new heartfelt project called, “The Lullaby Project,” where musicians connect and collaborate with incarcerated mothers to write songs for their children.

Mariko graduated from UAA with a BA, 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 who galvanize people in their hometowns to find solutions to address their community’s needs and build endowments to benefit their communities, now and forever.

Lastly, Mariko loves dogs. She thinks they are creatures close to perfection. Loyal, honest, and empathetic, she believes we should all strive to be more like her family’s chocolate lab, Mirrah.

Philanthropic Interests:

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