Raquiba works as the Program Director for Education Equity at the Haas, Jr. Fund where she directs the Fund’s efforts to close achievement gaps so that all students can reach their full potential. Prior to working with the Haas Jr. Fund, Raquiba spent three years as director of community investment with L+M Development Partners in New York City. Her work with the affordable housing developer focused on the design and management of a grantmaking program aimed at strengthening low-income communities of color in the city by investing in academic enrichment, workforce development, and urban agriculture. Raquiba worked for 13 years with the Open Society Foundations, managing grantmaking programs on racial justice, immigrant and LGBT rights, Black male achievement, neighborhood stabilization, criminal justice, and other priorities.
Raquiba started her career in a New York City-based law practice working with foundations and public charities negotiating grant and loan agreements for the National Development Initiative and advising US private foundations in addressing structural barriers that prevent low-income communities of color from gaining access to health care and employment resources. She also worked with private foundation and public charity clients on funding nonprofit micro-credit lending institutions in Africa and Latin America. Raised in East Oakland, Raquiba graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a degree in English. She also holds a law degree from Harvard University.