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Catherine Lerza

Catherine Lerza

Sr. Advisor

Catherine Lerza, Sr. Advisor, has nearly 40 years’ experience as a grantmaker, advocate, trainer, organizer, writer and editor, working with nonprofit organizations and foundations on a range of issues including the environment, economic policy, media and communications, food and agriculture, and women’s rights and reproductive health. Most recently, she spent nine years as a senior philanthropic advisor at Tides Foundation, where she advised clients focused on environmental protection and justice, civic engagement and inclusive democracy, and reproductive justice. During her long career, she edited Environmental Action Magazine, co-founded and directed the National Family Farm Coalition, and served as associate director of the Rural Coalition in Washington DC. She was executive director of the San Francisco-based Shalan Foundation for nine years, and served as the interim director of the Beldon Fund. As a consultant, Cathy has worked with the United Auto Workers, the Oil Chemical and Atomic Workers Union, Levi-Strauss Foundation, the Abelard Foundation, the Arca Foundation, the Neighborhood Funders Group, the Council on Foundations, the Women’s Economic Agenda Project (CA), the Institute for Conservation Leadership, the Sonoran Institute, and the Communications Consortium Media Center. She has served on many boards, including Western States Center, Environmental Support Center, National Network of Grantmakers and the Funders Work Group on Sustainable Production and Consumption. Her writing has appeared in the Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, The New York Times, Foundation News and Commentary and a host of other publications; she is the author or editor of several books and dozens of reports. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, with a B.S. in Conservation of Natural Resources. Cathy supports Groundswell by providing strategic advising on planning, program design, as well as editing dockets and key communications materials.