Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is a philanthropist, philanthropy educator, entrepreneur, and author. She is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation and has been a faculty member of Stanford University since 2000, where she teaches courses on  philanthropy and social innovation. She also founded and serves as board chairman of Stanford PACS (Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society), which publishes the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) .


Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen. Photo by LauraArAn, via Wikimedia Commons

Arrillaga-Andreessen was born in Palo Alto, California, the daughter of real estate developer and philanthropist John Arrillaga, Sr. She received a BA (1992) and MA (1999) in Art History from Stanford University, an MA (1998) in Education from Stanford School of Education, and an MBA (1997) from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. She is married to Marc Andreessen, the Silicon Valley venture capitalist and internet entrepreneur.

Her many honors include the Jacqueline Kennedy Award for Women in Leadership (2001), the President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation (2005), the Children and Family Services’ Outstanding Silicon Valley Philanthropist Award (2009), the Global Citizen Award from the World Affairs Council and its Global Philanthropy Forum (2011), and The Commonwealth Club’s Distinguished Citizen Award (2014).

Arrillaga-Andreessen’s book Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World became a New York Times bestseller and has been endorsed by many prominent figures like Melinda Gates and Edward Norton (for more information, see here).