Katherine Lorenz represents the succeeding generation of The Giving Pledge signators. As such, she’ll be responsible for fulfilling the philanthropic intentions of her grandparents, Cynthia and George Mitchell. In this podcast, Katherine shares her journey in preparing to lead her family’s foundation. Our conversation explores how her grandfather’s legacy influenced her style of philanthropy, the importance of sharing and learning from philanthropic failures, and the power of peer networks. By the end of the podcast, listeners will understand why Forbes magazine named Katherine among “Ones to Watch,” as a notable emerging philanthropist using her resources to make change in distinctive and innovative ways.
About Katherine Lorenz:
Katherine is the President of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation, a grantmaking foundation focusing on environmental sustainability in Texas. Previously, she served as Deputy Director for the Institute for Philanthropy whose mission is to increase effective philanthropy in the UK and internationally. Katherine co-founded Puente a la Salud Comunitaria, a non-profit organization in rural Mexico working to advance food sovereignty. She currently serves on the Boards of Directors of the Environmental Defense Fund, The Philanthropy Workshop (Chair), the Endowment for Regional Sustainability Science, and the National Center for Family Philanthropy. Ms. Lorenz is a member of the Global Philanthropists Circle of the Synergos Institute.