Ana Oliveira Receives NYU’s McSilver Award for Improving Communities

A veteran powerhouse of women’s philanthropy, Ana Oliveira, is scheduled to receive one of the most prestigious awards for leaders forging new paths to address poverty and inequality in the world.

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Ana Oliveira will be honored with NYU’s McSilver Award, due to her extraordinary leadership for progressive social change.

On May 22, Ana Oliveira, along with four other (all male) honorees, will be receiving NYU’s McSilver Award. The McSilver Awards are given out by the McSilver Institute for Poverty and Policy Research, which is part of NYU’s Silver School of Social Work.

Ana Oliveira has been leading the New York Women’s Foundation as President and CEO since 2006. Her leadership has sparked massive growth for the foundation, in is strategy, its research, and its dollars to deploy for the cause of gender equality.

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Earlier in her career, Ana served as Executive Director of Gay Men’s Health Crisis, and has been on countless commissions and boards in New York, advocating for some of the most vulnerable groups, including LGBTQ youth and women and girls of color. Oliveira is one of the chief architects of Prosperity Together, the women’s fund collaboration that is focusing strategy and funding on women and girls of color nationwide.

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Going on their fifth year, The McSilver Awards recognize individuals who are “transforming systems to address the needs of individuals, families, and communities living in poverty, locally and globally.”

More information on the awards ceremony is available here.


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Author: Kiersten Marek

Kiersten Marek, LICSW, is the founder of Philanthropy Women. She practices clinical social work and writes about how women donors and their allies are advancing social change.

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