Nicolas de la Fuente joined the Arizona Community Foundation as Community Program Officer in 2022. In his role, Nic collaborates with multisector stakeholders and organizes diverse leadership and capital in support of community-centered initiatives.
Prior to ACF, Nic founded a consulting practice called Neuro Strategies where he worked with TigerMountain Foundation to manage the Nina Mason Pulliam Audubon Center along the Rio Salado. He provided consulting expertise for the Arizona Economic Recovery Center, an initiative of Local First Arizona, and launched the first outdoor summit on climate change working with the city of Phoenix, Roosevelt School District, community leaders, and seven leading grassroots and policy nonprofit organizations. He was also the Co-Founder and Director of Spaces of Opportunity, a 19-acre urban agriculture and community wellness project in South Phoenix.
Nic 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.