Lina Paredes has been with the Foundation since 2016. She manages and conducts the operations of the Foundation, including implementation of the annual grantmaking program.
Developing and maintaining relationships in the Inland Empire’s philanthropic and nonprofit
communities are also important roles Lina plays. She represents the Valenzuela Foundation at
Southern California Grantmakers, on the Funders Alliance of San Bernardino & Riverside
Counties, and on the Inland Empire Census Funders Table.
Since 2014 Lina has been an Independent Nonprofit Management / Philanthropic Consultant.
Her 25 years of experience includes implementing high quality, cost-effective and
comprehensive grantmaking programs and capacity building services; as well as leading boards
of directors through strategic planning and governance transitions resulting in stronger, more
dynamic organizations and boards.
She served as President of A Window Between Worlds board of directors 2018-19, and she
became a Certified Professional Coach in 2016 through Leadership that Works. Lina was the
Vice President of Program at the Connecticut Health Foundation, and prior to that she was at
the Liberty Hill Foundation where she served as Director of Grantmaking for nine years. She
has served on various boards including Asia Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (2006-
12) and Funders for LGBTQ Issues (2004-10).
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from UCLA in Political Science and Women’s Studies.