Belen Vargas, Weingart Foundation

TITLE: Vice President, Programs

FUNDING AREAS: Health, human services, education

CONTACT:, (213) 688-7799


PROFILE: Belen Vargas is Vice President, Programs for the Weingart Foundation. Her official bio on their page reads:

Belen holds a juris doctor degree from the University of Southern California School of Law and received her bachelor’s degree in communications from California State University, Los Angeles. Belen began her professional career in nonprofit legal services in Los Angeles County focused on advocacy and policy matters related to women’s issues and school inclusion issues for children with disabilities.  Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Belen worked at Public Counsel on the Childcare Law Project, providing outreach and education for child care providers. She serves on the Advisory Board of the Nonprofit Finance Fund and is a regular instructor with Southern California Grantmakers' "Fundamentals of Grantmaking" program. 

Belen is a recent graduate of the Council on Foundations’ Career Pathways leadership program.Belen Vargas joined the Weingart Foundation in July 2000 as the Foundation’s first Program Associate, responsible for formalizing and managing the Foundation’s Small Grant Program. She was promoted to Program Officer in 2003, and Senior Program Officer in 2007. In 2008, Belen moved into a management role at the Foundation as Associate Vice President, Grant Operations. She became Vice President, Grant Operations in 2010 and currently is responsible for the management and operations of all Foundation grantmaking programs and staff.