Rena Marie GuidrySenior Associate
Rena Marie joined Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors in August 2021. Rena Marie supports the West Coast advisory team in San Francisco with grant making, project management, research, contracts, and organizing convenings. Rena Marie enjoys engaging with philanthropists across a wide range of issues, particularly child and youth development, arts, and mental health.
Prior to joining Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, Rena Marie worked in various roles within the non-profit sector and educational institutions; she has served as a mentor, teacher, counselor, and program director. Rena Marie began her career at Friends of the Children San Francisco in a role that allowed her to develop relationships with educators and administrators in the San Francisco Unified School District. This experience inspired her to focus on serving students in public schools across the Bay Area. Rena Marie has extensive experience in program development and creating curriculum for holistic and integrated educational and wellness programs. In San Francisco she worked with organizations such as New Door Ventures and The YWCA Berkeley/Oakland to serve the needs of youth and families in historically underserved areas.
Rena Marie has a master’s degree in counseling psychology with an emphasis in Drama Therapy from the California Institute of Integral Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Latin American History from the University of San Francisco. Rena Marie is a performing artist and dance teacher, and believes the arts are inherently therapeutic. She is a mindfulness teacher and mother of two.