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Nicolas de la Fuente

Senior Community Impact Officer, Environmental Initiatives

Nicolas de la Fuente is a Senior Community Impact Officer, Environmental Initiatives for the Arizona Community Foundation. In his role, Nicolas will lead the convening, learning and partnerships necessary to move our formal environmental strategy forward. He was promoted to his current role in April 2024, having previously served as a Community Program Officer.

Prior to ACF, Nic founded a consulting practice called Neuro Strategies which focuses on convening diverse stakeholders in outdoor, place-based venues to maximize creativity and collaboration and minimize power dynamics.   Through Neuro Strategies he launched the first ever outdoor summit on climate change working with the city of Phoenix, Roosevelt School District, community leaders, and seven leading nonprofit organizations.  Nicolas is also a co-founder of Spaces of Opportunity, a 19-acre urban agriculture and community wellness project in South Phoenix.

Nicolas holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with a minor in Latin American Studies from San Diego State University and a master’s degree in Human Rights Research: US Foreign Policy in Latin America from Arizona State University, and spent two years working on food security issues in Guatemala with the U.S. Peace Corps.