Anthony Rubio is an asset-based community development organizer, human rights advocate, and queer community leader. They served as the California Immigrant Policy Center’s Senior Development Associate for five years prior to becoming a National Urban Fellow. While at CIPC, Anthony supported executive leadership in managing a five million diversified fundraising portfolio with multiple statewide investments in California immigrant rights strategic communications, organizing, advocacy, and regional capacity-building work. Under Anthony’s leadership, CIPC’s special events, campaigns, and individual giving programs launched, flourished, and now continue to inspire investments in CIPC and the California immigrant rights movement space.
Anthony has a B.A. in Global Studies and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of California, Riverside. They also studied global business leadership at Yale University, economic development and international management at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea, and international relations at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico. Fluent in Spanish, conversational in Portuguese, and competent in rudimentary Korean, Anthony also has a passion for languages and enjoys picking up or brushing up on them when given the chance.
With over 15 years of non-profit leadership experience, Anthony is a strategic thought partner for local, regional, and global social impact. Internationally, Anthony has coordinated events for men’s health groups in Mexico City and conducted Korean employee perceptions research of American and Korean company mergers. At the national level, Anthony has participated in civic engagement work with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) and joined Compass Point’s Fundraising Bright Spots program to develop fundraising strategies with social change organizations across the country. Additionally, Anthony participated in Haas Jr. Fund’s Message, Movement, Money (M3) initiative to bring fundraising best practices to community-based immigrant rights organizations in California. Their experience at the local level includes establishing American Cancer Society fundraising campaigns in Southern California, researching the development of the non-profit sector in the growing inland southern California region, organizing LGBTQ+ advocacy and community-building efforts in Riverside, CA, fundraising for local street vendors in Chicago, and facilitating sponsorships for Chicago volunteer days of service.
During their leisure time, you will typically find Anthony with friends and family, supporting local events, reading queer literature, dabbling in the arts, whipping up plant-based eats, and exercising a green thumb. During their time in Chicago, they also enjoyed serving as Co-Captain for Chicago Rowing Union’s recreational rowing team. Anthony is now looking forward to continuing to learn more about philanthropy and community economic development and well-being during their time as a National Urban Fellow. They love to build community amongst social impact leaders and are thrilled to be part of network of mid-career professionals who are equally committed to equity, public service, and social impact.