Meet Kyle Machicado
An ongoing series from The Alumni Society spotlighting its impressive members
Where are you from?
I grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. My family is originally from La Paz, Bolivia and immigrated to the US a few years before I was born.
Where are you based today?
I am based in the Washington, DC area.
What are you up to today?
I am currently an associate director at Arabella Advisors, a philanthropic consulting firm where I oversee operations for donor collaboratives and other fiscally sponsored non-profit projects. I primarily work with private foundations and high-net-worth individuals to design, launch, and scale projects in the fields of health, climate change, and economic development. In the new year I will also be working part-time with the US Health Resources & Services Administration to improve and streamline grant-making processes within the Maternal and Child Health Bureau.
What is a career accomplishment you’re proud of?
I recently managed operations for the launch of the Multilateral Development Bank (MDB) Challenge Fund, a philanthropic initiative intended to expand the capacity of MDBs to increase lending to low- and middle-income countries. I was also proud to partner with a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) to co-author a paper on the role FQHCs can play in increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates in the Latino community.
In the spirit of giving and receiving, what do you seek from this network and what do you want to contribute?
I am excited to connect with other Latinos and learn more about their experiences and insights. Having seen the role that private sector actors can play in creating effective social change, I am also looking forward to expanding my professional network as I look to potentially pivot into the private sector for my next professional role. I would like to contribute my own expertise from my background in philanthropy, advocacy, and intersectional health research to the network.
What is a fun fact about you that you’d like to share with the network?
In my spare time I have begun writing a book on social virulence and what infectious disease epidemics and public health modeling can teach us about the spread of radical ideology and social movements. The idea first originated while working at a shelter for refugee youth in Cape Town during an outbreak of anti-refugee violence, and it fully came together while taking courses for a Master of Public Health in epidemiology.