Catherine Crystal Foster, CEO & Co-Founder, Magnify Community

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Catherine Crystal Foster is an entrepreneurial social sector leader who has worked across disciplines to drive positive change for more than 20 years. Before co-founding Magnify Community, she served as Executive Director of the Westly Foundation, where she expanded grantmaking and the foundation’s signature prize for young social innovators. Catherine also served as Executive Director of the Peninsula College Fund, where she scaled the organization into its next stage. Previously, as the founder of Policy & Advocacy Consulting, she provided strategy, evaluation, and policy expertise to leading nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, ranging from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to The California Endowment to the Children’s Defense Fund.

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

She is an advisory board member of the Palo Alto Community Fund, advisor to multiple social sector organizations, and active community volunteer. Catherine earned a BA from Yale University and a JD from Harvard Law School.


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