Cecilia is a New Zealand born Samoan raised in South Auckland. She is strongly motivated to help youth realise their full potential. She has spent the last seven years working in the not-for-profit sector, primarily working with New Zealand youth. She spent four years coordinating and managing the National Young Leaders Day (NYLD) events. NYLD is responsible for the largest leadership event in New Zealand.
Prior to moving to First Foundation, she was the Programme Development Manager for Elicit, a newly established trust, that is dedicated to empowering young women.
Cecilia's main role at First Foundation is to manage the Scholarship Programme.
"I'm really excited to be a part of the First Foundation whanau. I really believe in the kaupapa of the organization. I'm really passionate about providing opportunities and support that will allow young people to flourish"