Mariko Sarafin

April 2, 2013
Senior Program Officer of Affiliates

Direct: 907-249-6609

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. With the smell of fish and dirt, wild Alaskan 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 community music projects, 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 the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) and has held a wide range of professional positions. Some of her work highlights include video and sound engineering for Progressive Media Alaska; adjudicating disability claims for the Social Security Administration (State of Alaska); and substitute teaching for the Anchorage School District.

At The Alaska Community Foundation, Mariko leads the statewide Affiliate Program, supporting local Advisory Boards and regional ACF team members 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 Belle.

Philanthropic Interests:

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