Mario Sibrian joins the National Veterans Foundation with an extensive background in military talent acquisition, advocacy, and providing Veterans and military families with access to resources and benefits. He served in the United States Marine Corps for 5 years, assigned to the 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, and then he became the Base Commander’s Protocol Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) at installation, Marine Corps Base in Hawaii.
After the Marines, he earned his BA in Multi-Media & Communications with a minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Appointed Vice President of the Student Veterans Organization (SVO), he helped pioneer a Veteran Peer Mentor program and developed intern/extern research opportunities for student veterans.
Prior to joining NVF, Mario spent a couple of years recruiting law students while at Southwestern Law School, followed by four years working in the economic and workforce development arena developing and strengthening relationships with employers, professional associations, Veteran Service Organizations, and community-based nonprofits serving veterans and military families. In addition to connecting veterans and military family members to a broad range of resources, he undertook various leadership roles in the implementation of federally funded grant programs, including the Homeless Veteran Reintegration Program (HVRP), the Veterans Employment-Related Assistance Program (VEAP), and he developed a program to help veterans receive training in specific apprenticeship programs.
He is currently a member of and volunteers for several Veteran organizations and has served as Campaign Assistant on the re-election campaigns for the Mayor and Councilmembers of the City of Hawthorne, CA. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Mario enjoys spending time with his two daughters and/or doing a million hobbies including, but not limited to, playing guitar, snowboarding, mixed martial arts, and intramural sports.
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