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Katherine Lorenz

President, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Katherine Lorenz is the President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (, a grantmaking foundation focusing on environmental sustainability in Texas, and Senior Advisor at the National Center for Family Philanthropy ( She is the Leader of the Next Gen of the Giving Pledge and serves on the boards of directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, The Philanthropy Workshop, Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, and the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science.

Katherine started her career in Latin America with Amigos de las Americas where she was a volunteer and supervisor. She later served on their Program Committee and as a trustee of the Foundation for Amigos de las Americas. She 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 communities. Katherine then served as Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy ( and later as President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation. She was formerly a Fellow and later Board Chair 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 holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.

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