Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust has appointed Marilee Dal Pra vice president of programs. In this new role she will oversee Piper Trust’s community initiatives and strategic program development. Dal Pra, a founding member of the Expect More Arizona Board of Directors, has been a program director at Piper Trust since 2001; her position as vice president of programs is effective immediately.

“Elevating Marilee to vice president of programs is an especially happy and meaningful occasion at Piper Trust. Marilee is deeply committed to the health and vitality of the state. Her ability to identify disparate needs in our communities and effectively mobilize resources to create strategic solutions is compelling,” said Judy Jolley Mohraz, president and CEO, Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.

Dal Pra is the architect of key Piper Trust initiatives such as:

  • early childhood literacy—leading and developing myriad programs and systems designed to positively impact the reading proficiencies of Arizona’s children;
  • The Arizona Parent Kit—a toolkit that provides multiple resources to help parents navigate their children’s first critical years (now administered by First Things First, the kit is distributed to 65,000 new parents annually);
  • Maricopa Family Support Alliance—in partnership with the nonprofit sector, formed to better connect family support service providers in Maricopa County and offer families cohesive, seamless opportunities and guidance for success (the Alliance has 36 member agencies and is rapidly expanding); and
  • quality afterschool programs—seeking and designing innovative solutions that enrich programming for children during the critical afterschool hours.

“Having been with Piper Trust for over a decade, it is extremely gratifying to see how strategic philanthropy can move the needle on issues that affect quality of life,” said Dal Pra. “It is an honor to be a steward of Virginia Piper’s generosity and to work with such dedicated Trustees and colleagues. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve the Trust in this new role.”

Dal Pra serves in leadership positions on the boards of Grantmakers for Children, Youth & Families; Educare Arizona; and Expect More Arizona and is the co-chair of First Things First’s Family Support and Literacy Advisory Committee and Valley of the Sun United Way’s Youth Advisory Council. Formerly, Dal Pra was the director for the Arizona Governor’s Division for Children, where she developed and implemented policies and programs for children, youth, and families. She holds a master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Arizona State University.