Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

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Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen
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Laura Arrillaga

1969/1970 (age 48–49)[1]
EducationStanford University
Stanford Graduate School of Business
OccupationPhilanthropist, author
Spouse(s)Marc Andreessen (m. 2006)
Parent(s)John Arrillaga
Frances Marion Cook Arrillaga

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen (born 1969/1970) is an American philanthropist and author.[2]

She is the founder and president of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation, a private operating foundation that describes itself as a philanthropic "innovation lab",[3] and founded the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a venture philanthropy fund.[4] She is also the author of Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World.

Personal life[edit]

Arrillaga-Andreessen was born in Palo Alto, California, the daughter of Frances C. Arrillaga and real estate developer John Arrillaga, Sr.[2] She received a BA (1992) and MA (1999) in Art History from Stanford University, an MA (1998) in Education from Stanford School of Education, and an MBA (1997) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.[5] [6]

Arrillaga-Andreessen has said her mother's volunteer work was a strong influence on her when she was growing up in Palo Alto.[7] She became active in philanthropy after her mother's early death from cancer.[2][8] Arrillaga-Andreessen married Marc Andreessen in 2006.[9] The couple have one son. Arrillaga-Andreessen and her husband co-founded the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation. Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Foundation's president.


While attending the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Arrillaga-Andreessen developed a business plan for an organization to teach philanthropy and make grants based on venture capital firm investment strategies.[2] The organization became the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), which Arrillaga-Andreessen founded in 1998 and served as its chairman until 2008; she is currently its chairman emeritus.[2][4][10]

In 2006, she founded and serves as board chairman of Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), a social change research center. [4] She has been an Instructor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business since 2000, and teaches courses on philanthropy and on leadership.[6]

In 2011, Arrillaga-Andreessen's book Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World was published by Jossey-Bass, [11] [4] and she writes about philanthropy for The Huffington Post and other publications.[6]


In 2001, Arrillaga-Andreessen received the Jacqueline Kennedy Award for Women in Leadership and in April 2005 became a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute.[6] She was awarded the President's Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation in June 2005 and Children and Family Services' Outstanding Silicon Valley Philanthropist Award in 2009.[6] In 2011, she and Marc Andreessen received Global Citizen Awards from the Global Philanthropy Forum of the World Affairs Councils of America.[6]


  1. ^ Carey, Pete (October 28, 2011). "Mercury News interview: Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen". Mercury News. Retrieved 3 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e Cain Miller, Claire (17 December 2011). "Rebooting Philanthropy in Silicon Valley". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  3. ^ "Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen". Website. Stanford PACS Center. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Kanani, Rahim (24 May 2012). "Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen on 21st Century Philanthropy and Smarter Giving". Forbes. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  5. ^ "Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen". About Giving 2.0/Founder. Giving 2.0. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  6. ^ a b c d e f "Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen". Stanford Graduate School of Business Web site. Stanford Graduate School of Business. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  7. ^ Slatalla, Michelle. "Five Fascinating Philanthropists". Cover Story. Barron's. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  8. ^ Cha, Ariana Eunjung (2015-02-12). "Reinventing philanthropy, with a Silicon Valley blueprint". The Washington Post - On Leadership. Retrieved 2015-02-16.
  9. ^ Cha, Ariana Eunjung (February 2, 2015). "Reinventing philanthropy, with a Silicon Valley blueprint". The Washington Post.
  10. ^ "A Note From Laura". About. Giving 2.0. Retrieved 18 June 2013.
  11. ^ [1] WorldCat item listing.

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