Madeleine Cáceres serves as the Operations Coordinator with the Funders’ Committee for Civic Participation and believes in the complementary, integral roles of grassroots organizing, direct action, service, research, and litigation to create lasting sociopolitical change.
First introduced to civic engagement grantmaking while interning with Democracy Fund’s Elections Program in 2019, Madeleine designed and executed a research project on the loss of voting rights resulting from court-ordered conservatorship and guardianship. Madeleine also served as a research and public education intern with Human Rights Campaign where they researched a range of civil rights and public policy issues including state anti-discrimination legislation, paid family leave, and civic engagement in LGTBQ+ populations.
Madeleine graduated summa cum laude from Virginia Tech in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science. Their coursework focused on political theory, public administration, sociolinguistics, and gender studies. While in southwest Virginia, Madeleine volunteered regularly with Blacksburg Refugee Partnership, a network of community members that supports the resettlement of Syrian and Afghan refugee families in the New River Valley, and served as a research assistant in the Department of English to map shifting linguistic patterns in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
A lifelong musician and visual artist, Madeleine also spends their free time cooking, tending to their many houseplants, and scouring D.C. for cozy spots to read.