Fay Twersky

Director, Effective Philanthropy Group

Fay Twersky is the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William and Flora Family Foundation. The team, which she shaped and launched in 2012, guides strategy, evaluation and organization learning within the Hewlett Foundation, and also leads grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector.

Fay spent 2010 to 2011 working in Jerusalem, advising Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Family Foundation) on issues of strategy and organization. She served for four years as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing the impact planning & improvement division. She was also a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.

Fay is frequent author and commentator on trends in philanthropy. Her publications include the 2014 Stanford Social Innovation Review article “The Artful Juggler,” on what it takes to be a successful foundation CEO, as well as Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries and A Guide to Actionable Measurement. She serves on the boards of The Center for Effective Philanthropy and the UBS Optimus Foundation, and on the Curriculum Advisory Committee for Philanthropy University, a newly launched Massive Open Online Course offered in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Fay holds two bachelor’s degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fay and her wife Jill have two great kids, Jaz and David Nathan, and they frequently enjoy far-reaching family conversations over delicious home-cooked dinners.

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