Woubzena Jifar is the Program Manager for the Effective Philanthropy Learning Initiative. Woubzena graduated from Stanford University in 2010 and began her journey in philanthropy as a John Gardner Fellow at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation. She spent the summer in the Donor Experience department working on an event that brought together donors interested in donating to East Africa with non-profits that are based in the Bay Area but work in Africa. This event has now evolved into the Donor Circle for Africa at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Woubzena completed her Masters at the University of California, Los Angeles in African Studies. Her thesis focused on the effects of new housing developments in Addis Ababa on self-help associations. Her graduate work has added to her curiosity in philanthropy.
She has worked both in the nonprofit space and philanthropy between the Bay Area and Southern California for the past five years.