Speaker Profile

Katherine Lorenz

Deputy Director
Institute for Philanthropy

Katherine Lorenz is the Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy (www.instituteforphilanthropy.org), whose mission is to increase effective philanthropy in the UK and internationally. Through offices in London and New York, the Institute for Philanthropy provides education and advisory services to donors, builds philanthropy networks in the UK and around the world, and works to raise the awareness and understanding of philanthropy.

Prior to her work with the Institute for Philanthropy, Ms. Lorenz lived and worked in Oaxaca, Mexico for nearly six years where she co-founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria (www.puentemexico.org), a non-profit organization working to eradicate malnutrition and advance food sovereignty in rural Oaxaca through the integration of amaranth into the local diet. She continues to be highly involved with Puente’s work as an active board member.

Before founding Puente, she spent two summers living and working in rural, poor communities in Latin America with the volunteer program Amigos de las Américas and now serves on their Program Committee and is a trustee of the Foundation for Amigos de las Americas. Additionally, she serves on the Boards of Directors of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, Resource Generation, and the Amaranth Institute. Along with her family, Ms. Lorenz is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle (through the Synergos Institute) and is an active participant in the GPC Next Generation subgroup. Ms. Lorenz holds a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Davidson College.

Profile as of 8/15/2010