Margarita is passionate about the role of intermediaries in helping grantmakers be more effective and expand their reach. She has worked in local and national philanthropy for over 25 years. Prior to Borealis, Margarita led the Four Freedoms Fund where she raised over $90 million in 8 years for immigration reform funding and policy advocacy in the United States. She also helped launch the Funders Collaborative for Strong Latino Communities, with the goal of building the capacity of Latino-led organizations in the U.S. and Latin America. In 2003, Margarita was honored as a co-recipient of the Council on Foundations’ Robert W. Scrivner Award for Creative Grantmaking. Margarita has also worked for the Otto Bremer Foundation, the General Mills Foundation and the National Hispanic Scholarship Fund. The daughter of Mexican immigrants, Margarita grew up in Los Angeles and currently lives in Minneapolis. She received her graduate degree from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs and undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego. She also studied at Keski-Suomen Opisto in Suolahti, Finland.