Senior Manager of Institutional Advancement for Special Events
Florencia Varela is PEN’s Senior Manager of Institutional Advancement for Special Events, having joined the organization in 2017. She currently oversees PEN’s fundraising and cultivation events, including PEN America’s Authors’ Evenings series and PEN America’s Annual Literary Gala. With a background in fundraising, events, and corporate and community outreach, Florencia previously worked at various art organizations such as the Poetry Society of America, the Rubin Museum of Art, and Nitehawk Cinema. Florencia holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Columbia University, and her poetry has appeared in publications such as Western Humanities Review, Gulf Coast, Phantom Limb, Adroit Journal, and Drunken Boat.