Berit AshlaVice President
Based in San Francisco, Berit leads RPA’s West Coast advisory work, manages client engagements and works with a range of individual, family and corporate donors. She holds wealth of experience in grantmaking, foundation governance, education, social justice, arts and sustainability. She is a frequent contributor to national and regional philanthropic conferences and events. To maintain RPA’s recognized leadership in the field of philanthropy, Berit utilizes her expertise in a range of issue areas to provide tailored strategic support to clients.
Berit’s nonprofit career spans over two decades working with public, private and community foundations. As Senior Advisor for Special Projects at Tides, she led donor engagement and fund development activities. She also managed the Threshold Foundation. She was the Philanthropic Director of Foundation Source leading advisory services in the West and she served as Executive Director of the David Brower Center, an innovative arts and sustainability center. Earlier in her career, she worked at the Marin Community Foundation, KQED Public Television and the United Nations Environment Program in Paris, France.
Berit has a B.A. from Amherst College and serves on the boards of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Abundance Foundation, Nia Community Fund, and Mal Warwick/Donor Digital. Berit is married and mother to two teenage boys who love traveling and culinary adventures, art, culture and civic engagement as much as she does.