UCSC Senior Assistant Director for Social Innovation & Philanthropy
Xavier joined UCSC in September 2014 in the new position of Senior Assistant Director for Social Innovation and Philanthropy. Xavier oversees the Summer Links, Off-Campus Federal Work-Study, and Chicago Bound programs, and is responsible for initiatives that teach students how to start up, develop, and sustain organizations that address social justice issues by drawing on the expertise found in nonprofits, philanthropic institutions, businesses, and government agencies.
Most recently, Xavier served as the Senior Manager of Community Investment-Income at United Way of Metropolitan Chicago. He oversaw the workforce development strategy and funding for six counties and managed nearly $4M in economic development grant funding for 68 Chicagoland nonprofits. Prior to joining the United Way, Xavier served as Director of Development and Marketing for the Young Men’s Educational Network where he led efforts to build the YMEN College and Career Campus, which creates internship opportunities for at-risk youth. Xavier began his career as a commodities trader at Harrison Trading Group and helped to start Nuering Capital Investments. Through his pro bono work, Xavier has provided fundraising and marketing assistance to nonprofits in Ethiopia and Kenya. Last year, Xavier was awarded a fellowship at the Skinner Leadership Institute’s Masters Series for Distinguished Leaders in Washington, D.C., and was named one of the WVON-Ariel Capital Investments 40 under 40 Game Changers of Chicago. He was an inaugural fellow at the Chicago Urban League’s IMPACT Leadership Program.
Xavier is a Chicago native and grew up in the North Lawndale community, where he currently resides. He was a two time National Poetry Slam Champion. He went to Whitney Young High School and received his bachelor’s degree in economics from DePaul University.