Rickke Mananzala

Director of Programs

Rickke has been an organizer and advocate involved in racial and gender justice, LGBTQ rights, and youth organizing for almost two decades. Prior to joining Borealis Philanthropy in 2015, he was an independent consultant for community-based organizations and philanthropic institutions focusing on program design, organizing strategy, policy analysis, and organizational development. Rickke previously served as the Executive Director of FIERCE, a grassroots organization building the power of LGBTQ youth of color in New York City. During his tenure, he spearheaded grassroots campaigns challenging youth criminalization, lead efforts to increase city funding for homeless LGBTQ youth shelters and services, and expanded the organization’s membership base and leadership development programs. Prior to FIERCE, Rickke was a New Voices Fellow at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project where he worked to integrate legal services, litigation, policy advocacy, and organizing strategies by and for low-income transgender people in New York City. Rickke was a founding board member of the Right to the City Alliance and he served on the board of the Third Wave Foundation where he helped develop grant-making strategies to support feminist youth organizing work across the U.S. He received his B.A. in political science from Columbia University and Master of Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs with a focus on urban policy and management.