Evan Bacalao is a program officer with the Special Initiatives and Partnerships unit of the Open Society Foundations’ U.S. Programs, working with multi-issue advocacy and civic engagement partners.
Prior to joining Open Society in 2015, Bacalao was a senior director for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Educational Fund, where he led the organization’s civic engagement department, promoting U.S. citizenship, mobilizing Latino voters, and protecting voter rights through direct services, original research, and capacity-building initiatives. Under his leadership the department significantly expanded its investment in national coalition work, regional outreach campaigns, and regranting to local nonprofit efforts. Bacalao joined the educational fund in 2005 as research associate in the policy, research, and advocacy department. He wrote public reports and testimony based on demographic and electoral participation data, and assisted with advocacy efforts such as the Voting Rights Act reauthorization of 2006.
Prior to joining the nonprofit world, Bacalao was a political fundraiser. He is a proud naturalized citizen, and a cum laude graduate of the University of Southern California.