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.
Looking Ahead to 2019
Posted on January 15, 2019 by Katherine Lorenz
Relationship Between the Board Chair and CEO
Posted on January 9, 2019 by Vernetta Walker, Lynne J. Doblin, Katherine Lorenz, Elaine Gast Fawcett
Standing Together: Exciting Ways Family Philanthropy Can Come Together in 2018
Posted on January 30, 2018 by Katherine Lorenz
Trends in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation with NCFP Fellows Katherine Lorenz and Doug Bitonti Stewart
Posted on December 8, 2016 by Virginia M. Esposito, Katherine Lorenz, Doug Bitonti Stewart
It’s Time for Grantmakers to Embrace Failure
Posted on October 5, 2016 by Katherine Lorenz
2016 NCFP CEO Retreat: a Joint Retreat for Family and Non-Family CEOs
Posted on September 20, 2016 by Virginia M. Esposito, Katherine Lorenz, Doug Bitonti Stewart
To Make a Difference, Family Philanthropy Must Take More Risks
Posted on May 24, 2016 by Katherine Lorenz
Why We Must Stand Up for Overhead
Posted on March 3, 2016 by Katherine Lorenz
Planning for an Influx of Assets
Posted on September 10, 2015 by Tara Brown, Katherine Lorenz, Elaine Gast Fawcett
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