Vania Sciolini

UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy


Vania Sciolini is the Events and Programs Manager of the UCLA Luskin Institute on Inequality and Democracy. As an experienced multi-sector program manager, she has successfully run programming, events, and communications to engage diverse audiences in support of public and academic research initiatives. Prior to joining the Institute, Vania designed and managed the branding and communications strategy for the Department of English at UCLA, the largest department of its kind in the nation.

Before coming to UCLA, she supported the development of public research initiatives that centered on ethical governance while at the Berggruen Institute. Vania managed several projects that convened thought leaders, including Nobel prize winners and former heads of state, for comparative inquiry of issues facing humanity in the 21st century. Areas of focus included the ideological and biological transformation of the human and the ethical responsibilities of our unequal systems of governance. Additionally, Vania was responsible for the institute’s annual $1 million prize and accompanying 350-person gala event. She was also part of the team that expanded the Hume Center for Writing and Speaking at Stanford University.