Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation that functions as a philanthropic innovation lab. The foundation’s mission is to inspire, educate and empower people to give in a way that matters more. Arrillaga-Andreessen is trying to radically change the way we give, and we’re thrilled to announce that she’ll be joining us on-stage at Disrupt SF 2014.
The Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation’s innovation lab uses technology to scale open-source education innovations to help individuals change how they give money and time. They also create philanthropic resources to advance the educational, institutional and individual fields of philanthropy and amplify their measurable social impact. In September, the foundation will launch their first MOOC to bring their expert philanthropic lessons to the broader online learning community.
Speaking of the MOOC, enrollees will have a fantastic teacher in Arrillaga-Andreessen, who currently serves as a professor of Business Strategy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, leading their courses on strategic philanthropy since creating the program in 2000. She also developed Stanford’s first courses in philanthropy and social innovation, philanthropic design thinking, collaborative grant making, and philanthropy and technology.
Arrillaga-Andreessen is well-connected in Silicon Valley. She advises the likes of Hewlett-Packard CEO Meg Whitman, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky, on their philanthropic ventures. Perhaps most notably, her work with Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan led to the couple donating $100 million to education in Newark, N.J.
Oh, and she’s married to Marc Andreessen, the entrepreneur who coauthored Mosaic, co-founded Netscape, and co-founded and serves as partner at the powerful venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. The two also run the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation, a proactive, strategic grant maker committed to several current initiatives.
Come to Disrupt SF 2014 and listen to Arrillaga-Andreessen talk about philanthropy and how to give in a way that matters more. Tickets for Disrupt are now on sale, and if you’d like to help sponsor the event, sponsorship packages are also available.
Anthony Domanico contributed to this article.