Camellia Rodriguez-Sackbyrne

GBHI Alumni Specialist
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Camellia Rodríguez-SackByrne is the GBHI Alumni Specialist based at UCSF. She leads alumni engagement work to advance lifelong learning, connections and collaboration for the Atlantic Fellows for Equity in Brain Health. Camellia coordinates opportunities and resources for the continued growth of GBHI alumni (Senior Fellows) and seeks their input to foster a dynamic global network of leaders in brain health.

Camellia received a bachelor’s degree with honors in history and feminist studies from Stanford University. She holds a master’s of liberal arts degree in human rights studies from Columbia University and also completed graduate coursework at the University of Notre Dame. Camellia comes to GBHI with a background in human rights and extensive experience coordinating networks and partnerships at philanthropic and nonprofit organizations. She believes in the power of connecting stakeholders, sparking conversations, sustaining relationships, and bridging cross-community dialogue to help vulnerable communities.

Before joining GBHI, Camellia managed strategic initiatives for a national philanthropic network, Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees. She also worked on a demographics project at the Stanford Center on Longevity and advanced social justice efforts in her roles at the Center for Gender and Refugee Studies - U.C. Hastings College of the Law, the Sandler Foundation, the Open Society Foundations (New York), and Parliamentarians for Global Action (New York). She conducted research on marginalized populations for UN Women, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court, and the Foundation for International Dignity in Sierra Leone.

Camellia is also a flutist in the San Francisco Bay Area, has served as a grants panelist with the San Francisco Arts Commission, and is a co-founder of the Neighborhood Performance Project, fiscally-sponsored by Intersection for the Arts.