Cara Binder is a director on Arabella’s Philanthropy Management team, specializing in individual and family philanthropy. She partners with donors to build and implement grant-making strategies across a wide breadth of issues, including racial justice, civic engagement, immigration, early education, mental health, and the arts. In addition to providing strategic advice, she supports donors in governance and operations planning to navigate complex transitions and make the most of all internal resources. She oversees a team of individuals who support the firm’s work with families and individuals.
Prior to joining Arabella, Cara was a program officer at the Office of Economic and Workforce Development for the City and County of San Francisco. In this role, Cara co-authored San Francisco’s first citywide strategic plan for workforce development. She also directly managed several public-private partnerships for programs focusing on LGBTQ, homeless, and immigrant populations. Previously, Cara worked at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where she supported grant-making portfolios both internationally and locally, with a focus on reproductive health, youth development, basic needs, and organizational effectiveness. She also oversaw communications, grants management, and monitoring and evaluation projects at the foundation.
Cara holds a master of public administration from the University of San Francisco, where she graduated with high honors. She also holds a BA in journalism with a specialization in social justice from Michigan State University.