Adela Ruiz

Adela serves as the NBA Foundation’s new Program and Grants Manager. Adela is a grantmaker, strategist, professor and lifelong New Yorker with proud Dominican/Afro-Caribbean roots. Her experiences as a member

of historically excluded communities drive her commitment to actualize equity and expand opportunities for disabled, Queer, Trans, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (QTBIPOC), women, and immigrant families. Adela is a values-driven leader who has worked in Philanthropy, nonprofits, and Higher Education for over a decade, leading sector-wide initiatives that uplift racial equity, disability justice, and inclusive approaches to grantmaking and programming. She most recently worked in the office

of the President at the Ford Foundation and at Open Society. This year, Adela was nominated and awarded a highly respected Rockwood Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship. She is also Hispanics in Philanthropy Líderes Fellow (2018 cohort) and has worked closely with executive leadership across foundations to advance the inclusion of people of color and people with disabilities in philanthropy more widely. Adela believes in centering justice and joy in all that she does.

Adela earned her BA/MA in Sociology from St. John’s University and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Sociology at the CUNY Graduate Center. She identifies as a foodie and in her spare time loves to cook, play doo-wop tunes on her sax and spend time with her family and two kittens, Lucy and Ricky.