Vera Miao was the Executive Director of the Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing (FCYO), a collective of national, regional, and local grantmakers and youth organizing practitioners dedicated to advancing youth organizing as a strategy for youth development and social justice. Over her six years as the Executive Director, the FCYO grew to include 33 foundations and practitioner organizations, raised almost $7 million dollars, and distributed approximately $4 million to youth organizing groups and intermediaries. In addition to grantmaking and capacity building programs, Vera’s work focused on strategic funder outreach and education, communication and development of field building and intellectual capital for youth organizing.
Vera has also been providing consulting services to philanthropic institutions, including the Open Society Institute, Ford Foundation, and the Surdna Foundation. Vera also worked with community-based New York City organizations at Community Resource Exchange, providing nonprofit management consulting services with a special focus on strategic and operational planning, fundraising, and board development.