Mirellise Vazquez serves as Executive Director of the Tauck Family Foundation. Purpose-driven and committed to educational equity and making the world a better and more just place for children, Mirellise has over twenty years of experience in the public and non-profit sectors, focusing on human rights, children’s rights, and education, including grant-making, advocacy, and philanthropy. Before being appointed Executive Director in February 2014, Mirellise served as the Foundation’s first Program Officer.
Under Mirellise’s leadership, the Bridgeport Public Education Fund selected the Tauck Family Foundation the recipient of the 2019-2020 Elizabeth M. Pfriem Civic Leadership Award, the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Fairfield County and Connecticut Chapters recognized the Tauck Family Foundation as their Outstanding Philanthropist for 2019, and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy named the Tauck Family Foundation the recipient of the 2018 Nancy P. Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy.
Mirellise currently serves on the leadership group of Grantmakers for Thriving Youth, a national social and emotional learning funders group, and is the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy’s representative on the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Commissioner’s Roundtable for Family and Community Engagement on Education.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Mirellise worked in both New York City and Washington, DC. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), she served as Coordinator of International Advocacy, where she developed and implemented IPPF/WHR’s international advocacy strategy and served as their main representative to the United Nations. Prior to joining IPPF/WHR, Mirellise worked at ChildFund International, where she held several posts, including serving as the organization’s first Foundations Officer and conducting advocacy on Capitol Hill and the United Nations. Prior to joining ChildFund, Mirellise worked at the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, where she focused on child labor and education technical assistance programs, research, and policy.
Mirellise is a Board member of Engaging Schools and Five Frogs, and a former Board member and Vice-Chair of Building One Community. Mirellise is also a member of Impact Fairfield County, and an alumnus of the Leadership Development Roundtable and Hispanics in Philanthropy’s Next Generation Latino Philanthropy Leadership Program. In 2019, she was named a Leap of Reason Ambassador.
Mirellise has a Master of Public Policy and International Affairs Degree and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.
Mirellise is the recipient of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence’s 2020 Marvin Maurer Award, for her steadfast commitment to the Foundation’s work in Bridgeport.