Based in San Francisco, Berit Ashla leads Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ West Coast advisory work, manages client engagements and works with a range of individual, family and corporate donors. She holds a wealth of experience in grantmaking, foundation governance, social justice, arts and sustainability. She is a frequent contributor to national and regional philanthropic conferences and events. To maintain Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors’ 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 at Tides, she developed grantmaking programs, led donor engagement, and 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 the Institute for the Future, Berkeley Rep, Berkeley Haas Business School’s Center for Social Sector Leadership, and UC Berkeley Art + Design. Previously, she served on the boards of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Abundance Foundation, Nia Community Fund, Schott Foundation for Public Education, and Mal Warwick/Donor Digital. Berit is married and mother to two sons who share her love for travel, art, and civic engagement. With her close friends, she enthusiastically explores Bay Area hiking trails.
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