Mirellise Vazquez served as Executive Director of the Tauck Family Foundation, whose mission is to invest in organizations and initiatives that equip the children of Bridgeport, Connecticut with the necessary social and emotional skills to thrive academically and in life. The Foundation’s social investing approach includes multi-year general operating support, targeted capacity building support, collaborative partnerships, and knowledge building and sharing. Under Mirellise’s leadership, the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy named the Tauck Family Foundation the recipient of the 2018 Nancy P. Roberts Award for Innovation in Philanthropy.
Prior to joining the Foundation in 2010, Mirellise worked in both New York City and Washington, DC. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation’s Western Hemisphere Region (IPPF/WHR), she served as Coordinator of International Advocacy, where she developed and implemented IPPF/WHR’s international advocacy strategy and served as their main representative to the United Nations. Prior to joining IPPF/WHR, Mirellise worked at ChildFund International, where she held several posts, including serving as the organization’s first Foundations Officer and conducting advocacy on Capitol Hill and the United Nations. Prior to joining ChildFund, Mirellise worked at the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of International Labor Affairs, where she focused on child labor and education technical assistance programs, research, and policy.
Mirellise is a Board member of Engaging Schools and Five Frogs, and a former Board member of Building One Community. Mirellise is also a member of Impact Fairfield County, and an alumnus of the Leadership Development Roundtable and Hispanics in Philanthropy’s Next Generation Latino Philanthropy Leadership Program. She has a Master of Public Policy and International Affairs Degree and a Certificate in Latin American Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin & Marshall College.