Vice President, Finance
Sylia Obagi is Vice President, Finance, at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. In this role, she will support the Foundation’s increased grantmaking, serving as a strategic partner to help assess the ability of Foundation partners to deliver desired outcomes and impact in a financially sustainable way.
Prior to joining the Blank Family Foundation, Sylia led the Generative Group, a consulting firm that she founded in 2017 dedicated to helping high-wealth families and grantmakers turn charitable giving into social impact. She has held senior-level roles within family foundations, most recently serving as the founding President & CEO of the Roy & Patricia Disney Foundation, which supports cutting-edge environment, economic development and social justice organizations. Prior to Disney, Sylia was the second-most-senior executive at the Annenberg Foundation for eight years, during which she established the Foundation’s Los Angeles headquarters and grew staff from 13 to 90 people to support the organization’s programs, direct charitable activities, and operations.
Sylia, a California native, began her career as a CPA at Arthur Anderson. She has an MBA from The Anderson School at UCLA in Marketing and Strategy and received her B.S. in Business Administration and Accounting Magna Cum Laude at California State University, Northridge.
Sylia loves stand-up comedy, scary movies and haunted houses, and dancing the night away to great music. She has one daughter, who is now attending college.