Regional Executive Director, San Francisco Bay Area
San Francisco, CA
Artavia was trained under the tutelage of Michelle Obama in community development / non-profit management at Public Allies Chicago. Artavia also served alongside the late Rev. Dr. Addie Wyatt, the late Rev. Willie Barrow and Rev. Dr. Leon Finney to create faith-centered social change, with a special focus on youth empowerment. She is an ordained minister, holding a B.A. in Theology and a Masters of Divinity from Grace Christian Seminary; and is an Alumna of Loyola University Chicago.
Over the past 20 years, Artavia has served in Executive Leadership roles, managing multi-million dollar budgets and collaborating with celebrity supporters such as Stephen King, Amy Tan and Scott Turow to provide academic support, economic access, global exposure and mentorship to young people in under-resourced communities in the U.S. and in developing countries. Artavia is currently collaborating on youth initiatives in Mali, Haiti and the Philippines and serves as a Mentor with the East Bay College Fund. She is co-founder of pocketrev, a spiritual social sharing app and serves as Regional Executive Director for the Jefferson Awards Foundation.