Katherine Lorenz is president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.
She is the leader of the Next Gen of the Giving Pledge, and Inside Philanthropy named Katherine one of the most powerful heirs in philanthropy in 2021.
Previously, she served as senior advisor for the National Center for Family Philanthropy and deputy director for the Institute for Philanthropy. Before that, Lorenz lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for six years where she co-founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, a non-profit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural Oaxaca. She continues to be involved with Puente’s work as an active board member. Before founding Puente, she spent two summers living in rural villages in Latin America with the volunteer program Amigos de las Américas and later served on their Program Committee and as a trustee of the Foundation for Amigos de las Americas.
Additionally, she currently serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund (vice-chair), Aspen Community Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, and the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, and formerly was a Fellow and later Board Chair at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Board Chair of The Philanthropy Workshop, a board member of Exponent Philanthropy, Resource Generation, the Amaranth Institute, and a member of the National Academies’ Roundtable of Science and Technology for Sustainability. Lorenz serves on the advisory council of Boldly Go Philanthropy, the Leadership Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the National Advisory Committee of USC’s Irene Hirano Inouye Philanthropic Leadership Fund, and as a senior advisor for Philanthropy for Marsh Creek Social Works.
Katherine holds a B.A. in economics and Spanish from Davidson College.
Scaling for Impact: The Needs of Growing Philanthropies
Posted on May 17, 2022 by Renee Karibi-Whyte, Greg Ratliff, Peter Laugharn, Katherine Lorenz
Family Philanthropy Versus Climate Change: An Opportunity of a Lifetime and Beyond
Posted on January 5, 2022 by Katherine Lorenz
Reflecting on Your Origin Story: Understanding Wealth, Legacy, and Equity
Posted on December 7, 2021 by Holley Fowler Martens, David Roswell, Katherine Lorenz
Emerging Family Leaders in Philanthropy
Posted on September 19, 2021 by Megha Desai, Sharmila Rao Thakkar, Katherine Lorenz
Board Chair Peer Network: Finding Peers in Transition
Posted on August 11, 2021 by Jaimie Mayer, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Gilbert Miller, Katherine Lorenz
2021 Trustee Education Institute
Posted on March 9, 2021 by Isabel Nogueira, Alyson Wise, Jumi Falusi, Milton Speid, Emily Kaiser, Adrian Ruiz, Lisa Jackson, Priscilla Enriquez, Dorothy Gardner, Regan Pritzker
Board Chair Peer Network: Inaugural Meeting
Posted on February 12, 2021 by Jaimie Mayer, Gilbert Miller, Katherine Lorenz
Family Foundation CEO Retreat
Posted on February 12, 2021 by Betsy Erickson, Janine Mason, Michael Smith, Tina Runyan, Mayor Eric Garcetti, Bari Katz, Rob Reich, Shaady Salehi, Carmen Rojas, Diana Scearce
Four Ways Values Inspire and Ground Our Grantmaking
Posted on January 5, 2021 by Katherine Lorenz
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