Cindy Alvarado


As Grants Manager, Cindy is responsible for improving grantmaking systems and processes, leveraging data and insight, and building a culture that values the importance of efficient, flexible, and equitable grants management practices. Her goal is to deliver an exceptional grantee experience by continuously improving on how we do our work.

Cindy joined the Blue Cross NC Foundation team in 2022. She brings diverse experience working in the philanthropic sector for the past six years, where she has held program officer and learning and evaluation roles that inform her community-centered approach. Cindy is a 2019-2020 Harmony Initiative Fellow with the Justice Funders Network, and she holds a master’s degree in Public Administration and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University.

What I love about my work:
Focusing on how we do our work is important to me, so I am excited about continuously refining processes that allow our foundation to be more responsive to communities. I enjoy operationalizing equity in our grantmaking practices, creating access for under-resourced communities, and supporting the vital work nonprofit organizations do every day. I am thrilled to be part of a team that embraces change, values partnership, and seeks to learn and grow with every opportunity.

When I’m not at my desk:
I enjoy practicing yoga, being a pet parent, baking desserts, and traveling.

Favorite thing about North Carolina:
I work remotely from Houston, Texas, and I enjoy visiting North Carolina and exploring new food places!