Masha Chernyak, Vice President of Programs and Policy
Masha is a strategic visionary, community organizer, and an experienced advocate for the Latino immigrant community.
In her current position as VP of Programs and Policy, Masha leads LCF’s change-making strategy. In 2017, Masha launched the 1st ever Latino Nonprofit Accelerator to unleash the power of grassroots Latino nonprofits. Masha has also been instrumental in launching two key pillars of LCF’s work – the California Latino Agenda, LCF’s advocacy platform and the Latino Giving Circle Network™, now the largest network of Latino donors in the country. In her leadership role, Masha also provides strategic guidance for LCF’s communications, branding, and social media presence.
An immigrant herself, Masha served in the Peace Corps in rural Guatemala and worked as a community organizer on Chicago’s South Side. While working at UNO, Chicago’s largest Latino education and advocacy organization, Masha led the creation of a parent university for Latino immigrants and graduated over 1,000 students a year. In this same role, Masha organized hundreds of Latino parents and diverse cross-sector leaders during an advocacy campaign that brought UNO $98 million in funding from the State of Illinois.
Masha holds a Bachelor’s in Marketing from University of Cincinnati and a Master’s in Public Affairs and Politics from the University of San Francisco. She is a marketing guru, a talented photographer, and speaks three languages (Russian, Spanish, and English). Masha is driven by a deep sense of urgency to elevate the voices of immigrants and their contributions to this country. In her free time, Masha loves to make art, visit New Orleans, and to laugh loud with her two heroes- her parents.