Teresa Odendahl has 25 years’ experience in the foundation and nonprofit community as a board member, CEO, critic, employee, trainer and researcher. From 2004-2005, she was the Waldemar A. Neilsen Chair in Philanthropy at the Georgetown University Public Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. She is also Co-Founder of the new Institute for Collaborative Change and was recently Senior Program Officer at The Wyss Foundation in Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the previous decade, she served as Executive Director of the National Network of Grantmakers where she led a campaign to increase foundation payout. Odendahl has also been Executive Director of two women’s funds, the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation and the Women’s Foundation of Colorado. She served on the faculties of Yale University’s Program on Nonprofit Organizations and the University of California, San Diego Women’s Studies Program. She received her Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology in 1982 from the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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