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Leadership Circle Luncheon with Host Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club

  • Dore Clubhouse Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club 200 North Quebec Street San Mateo, CA, 94401 United States (map)

Leadership Circle Luncheon

Leadership Circle Luncheons are exclusive to Thrive member nonprofit Executive Directors and CEOs.


Catalyzing New Investments in Silicon Valley Nonprofits

Guest Speakers


Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO, Magnify Community, formerly Give Local Silicon Valley

Catherine has bridged disciplines and communities to create positive social change for more than 25 years. Catherine served most recently as Executive Director of the Westly Foundation, where she expanded and refined grantmaking, and led the growth of the Westly Prize for Young Innovators of California.

Before joining the Foundation, she served as Executive Director of the Peninsula College Fund, which promotes college and career success for low-income, first-generation college students.  Previously, she led a consulting practice, helping nonprofit and philanthropic organizations pursue their policy goals, refine their advocacy, develop their strategy, and assess their progress. Her clients included the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, The California Endowment, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation, Children’s Defense Fund, and many more. She has spoken and published widely on the evaluation of policy, advocacy, and community organizing. 

Catherine also authored the District of Columbia’s local comprehensive welfare reform legislation, and previously worked as a public interest lawyer and director of a children’s policy advocacy program.

She believes deeply in the power of local action, and is a long-time board and advisory member of the Palo Alto Community Fund, a board member and advisor to other social sector organizations, and an active community volunteer.

Catherine earned a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School. ­


Kathy Jackson, Managing Director, Magnify Community, formerly Give Local Silicon Valley

Kathy served as Chief Executive Officer of Second Harvest Food Bank from 2009 to 2017, leading a successful $10 million capital campaign and securing a $9 million facility donation for the $131 million organization. At the time of her departure, Second Harvest served more than a quarter million people each month and distributed more than 1 million meals per week.

Prior to joining the Food Bank, Kathy served as Board President for the Foundation for the Future at Menlo-Atherton High School, growing donations more than 100%.

Before entering the nonprofit world, Kathy spent 23 years in asset-based leasing and lending as a senior executive and business leader with Bank of America Leasing and Capital, GATX Capital Corporation and D'Accord Incorporated. She also served as Vice Chair of the Equipment Leasing and Finance Association, a trade association representing financial services companies and manufacturers.

Kathy was named a “Woman of Influence” in 2010 and a “Power Executive” in 2016 by the Silicon Valley Business Journal, and served on the boards of the California Association of Food Banks and Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief charity. In 2014, she was honored as Network Leader of the Year across the 202 food banks within Feeding America.

She currently serves as Vice Chair, Cilker Orchards Management Corporation, and Director and Chair of the Compensation Committee, CAI International, Inc. (NYSE: CAI).

Kathy has an MBA in Marketing, Finance, and Accounting from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University.


Wednesday, March 27, 2019 | 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

Registration is closed.