About Roger's Work
Roger is GitLab Foundation’s Program Officer focused on developing economic inclusion strategies and investments in the United States, Colombia, and Mexico. His work explores how stakeholders can increase lifetime earnings for individuals while incorporating intersecting aspects of community development. Previously, as Program Officer for the Roy and Patricia Disney Foundation, Roger leveraged his deep commitment to the social sector as he worked with organizations and initiatives centered on Affordable Housing Preservation, Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Justice. Roger helped guide the Foundation’s programmatic strategy and portfolio theory. He also played a role in the organization’s emerging Impact Investing and deepening relationships in the field of philanthropy. Prior to joining RPDFF, Roger was a strategic financial advisor with Nonprofit Finance Fund – a national nonprofit and community development financial institution that serves nonprofit organizations and foundations. He led projects focused on business model analyses, growth scenarios, and organizational assessments with social sector organizations seeking to understand their full costs of service provision and improve societal outcomes. Throughout his career, Roger has worked with both nonprofit and for-profit clients as a consultant, project manager, and researcher in the United States and abroad. He currently serves on the board of California ChangeLawyers, Steering Committee of Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, and is an active member of the Switzer Environmental Leadership and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer networks. Roger received his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of North Carolina, Asheville, a Master of Arts in International Development and a Master of Business Administration from Brandeis University.