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Katherine Lorenz

Chair, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Katherine Lorenz is Chair of the Board of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation (www.cgmf.org), a grantmaking foundation focusing on environmental sustainability in Texas, and Senior Advisor at the National Center for Family Philanthropy (www.ncfp.org). 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, first with Amigos de las Americas where she was a volunteer, supervisor, then 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 (www.puentemexico.org), a non-profit organization working to advance food sovereignty in rural communities. Katherine then she served as Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy (www.instituteforphilanthropy.org) 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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