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Katherine Lorenz

Katherine Lorenz is president of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation and is frequently cited as one of the most engaging emerging voices in philanthropy.
Katherine formerly worked as deputy director for the Institute for Philanthropy, whose mission was to increase effective philanthropy in the United Kingdom and internationally.

Prior to that, Katherine lived in Oaxaca, Mexico for almost six years where she co- founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, a nonprofit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural Oaxaca state through the integration of amaranth into the diet. She continues to be involved with Puente's work as a board member.

Katherine serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, The Philanthropy Workshop (chair), the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy.

She was formerly 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. She served two years on the Council on Foundations Committee on Family Philanthropy and served on their 2012 and 2013 Family Philanthropy Conference Planning Task Force.

Katherine is a frequent guest speaker on topics related to environmental sustainability, next generation philanthropy, and non-profit leadership. She holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.

NCFP Blog Posts by Katherine

It’s Time for Grantmakers to Embrace Failure

To make a difference, family philanthropy must take more risks

Why we must stand up for overhead

Reflections from the Trustee Education Institute: A bootcamp for stewarding your family’s philanthropic assets

NCFP Webinars Featuring Katherine

Trends in Family Philanthropy: A Conversation with NCFP Fellows Katherine Lorenz and Doug Bitonti Stewart (December 2016)

Planning for an influx of assets (September 2015)