Raquel Marion-Virgo comes to Resolution with more than a decade of experience in the non-profit sector, where she has focused on development and fundraising. Raquel served in varying capacities in Development at social justice organizations in California, Connecticut, and New York, including Circle for Justice Innovations, JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA), and others. At Circle for Justice Innovations, Raquel conceptualized and created a new groundbreaking grantmaking fund, the Reparations Legacy Fund, which has a focus of ending slavery and involuntary servitude in U.S. prisons. In the latter role, Raquel played an instrumental role in JLUSA’s rapid growth from a 3-year-old start-up organization with a $3 million budget, to a national leader in advocacy and leadership development of formerly incarcerated people with a budget of over $20 million—in less than two years’ time. In addition to raising significant funding to transform the criminal legal system, she has also led fundraising efforts on behalf of local, statewide, and national organizations focused on youth development, housing and homelessness, education, and entrepreneurship.
Raquel graduated from St. John’s University with a Bachelor’s in English and a Master’s degree in Political Science (Urban Policy and Administration). Raquel is originally from The Bronx but has been living in Connecticut for nearly a decade