President and CEO of The New York Women's Foundation
Ana Oliveira is President and CEO of The New York Women’s Foundation, the largest women’s fund in the country. Since 2006, Ana has led the increase of The Foundation’s grantmaking from $1.7M to $6M today. Focusing on economic security, safety and health, in 29 years, The Foundation has distributed over $50 million to 371 organizations, impacting over 6 million women and girls in poverty across NYC. The New York Women’s Foundation has also cultivated critical partnerships influencing policy changes in equal pay and financial investments focusing on areas of social and economic inequity for women and families.
Ana is also leading critical cross-sectoral partnerships to advance women’s issues as a proud co-chair of The New York City Council Speaker’s Young Women’s Initiative and was appointed by Mayor de Blasio as a Commissioner of Human Rights for the NYC Commission on Human Rights. She is also on the Independent Commission to Study Criminal Justice Reform in NYC, as a designee of Judge Jonathan Lippman. Ana also serves on the boards of Philanthropy New York and as a designee to Comptroller Stringer serves on the advisory boards of the Museum of the City of New York and the Independent Budget Office. In the past, Ana has served as a member of the New York City HIV Planning Council and the New York City Commission on AIDS. She has chaired the NYC Commission for LGBTQ Runaway and Homeless Youth and co-chaired Mayor Bloomberg’s Young Men’s Initiative.
Throughout her career, Ana has been a leader on issues of substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and incarceration. Prior to joining The New York Women’s Foundation, as Executive Director of the Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Ana stewarded an organizational turn-around that launched GHMC as a leader in its field. Before her role at GHMC, Ana directed innovative community-based programs at Samaritan Village and the Osborne Association, addressing the needs of substance users, persons living with AIDS, and ex-offenders. She developed the first acupuncture detoxification clinic for methadone and alcohol-involved patients in her capacity as Substance Abuse Specialist at Kings County Addictive Diseases Hospital, carrying the practice over to the Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center as a Clinical Supervisor. She has a proven commitment and successful track record in improving the lives of those in greatest need.
Ana’s honors include the Above & Beyond Award (City & State), Isabel Benham Award (Women’s Bond Club), Mutual Welfare League Certificate, (Osborne Association); Liberty Award, (Lambda Legal and Education Defense Fund); the Rosie Perez Fuerza Award (Latino Commission on AIDS); the NYCLU Liberty Award, and the June Jordan Claim Award (Brotherhood SisterSol).
Ana attained her M.A. in Medical Anthropology and a PhD. (hon) from the New School for Social Research. She was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and resides in Manhattan.