Raquiba LaBrie

Raquiba LaBrie is the director of philanthropy at L+M Development Partners, an affordable housing real estate development firm based in New York City. She is responsible for the design and implementation of a grantmaking program for L+M that focuses on strengthening low-income communities by expanding access to jobs, educational opportunities, and healthy food. Before this, she directed U.S. Programs' Equality and Opportunity Fund at the Open Society Foundations (OSF). In this role, she managed a collection of grantmaking portfolios addressing a range of civil rights concerns, including racial justice, immigrant rights, LGBT equality, gender justice, black male achievement, and neighborhood stabilization. In 2007, LaBrie helped design and launch an OSF initiative to respond to the sub-prime lending crisis. She was previously the program director of U.S. Programs' Sentencing & Incarceration Alternatives Project, which sought to reduce the scale of incarceration in the U.S. by: eliminating race and class disparities in sentencing and incarceration; promoting alternatives to incarceration; and limiting prison growth and prison privatization. LaBrie also directed the Soros Justice Fellowships and served as program officer for U.S. Programs' Access to Justice program, which focused on strengthening the federally funded civil legal aid field. Prior to joining OSF, she was an associate in the exempt organizations practice group of Patterson, Belknap, Webb & Tyler. While there she represented a range of private foundations and non-governmental organizations, including community economic development organizations, social justice activists, and funders supporting micro-credit lending institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. She graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School.