Katherine Lorenz is the president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, a grantmaking foundation focusing on environmental sustainability in Texas. She served as the foundation’s president from 2011 to late 2020. She is the Leader of the Next Gen Giving Pledge, and Forbes named Katherine “Ones to Watch,” an up-and-coming face in philanthropy in 2012.
She is also a senior advisor to the National Center for Family Philanthropy.
Previously, she served as Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy, whose mission is to increase effective philanthropy in the UK and internationally. Prior to that, Katherine lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for nearly six years where she co-founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, a non-profit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural Oaxaca through the integration of amaranth into the diet. 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 Environmental Defense Fund (vice-chair), The Philanthropy Workshop (vice-chair), the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy (chair), and formerly was a Fellow at the National Center for Family Philanthropy, 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.
Katherine is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle of the Synergos Institute and serves on the Leadership Council of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the national advisory committee of USC’s Irene Hirano Inouye Philanthropic Leadership Fund. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.
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
Defining and Translating Motivations and Values
Posted on December 7, 2020 by Jaimie Mayer, Nicholas A. Tedesco, Katherine Lorenz
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