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Elizabeth Wong is the National Director of Philanthropic Advisory Services at Foundation Source, the nation’s largest provider of comprehensive support services for private foundations. In this role she manages an experienced team of philanthropic directors and is a member of the company’s management team.
With more than 25 years of experience in the philanthropic sector, Elizabeth is responsible for setting strategy for the company’s philanthropic advisory services and leads custom pricing and revenue generation opportunities for the team. While overseeing the delivery of advisory services across the company’s national client base, she also directly supports clients in the Western region of the country by helping them accomplish their philanthropic goals through a variety of methods. These include research, strategic planning, grantmaking and evaluations, governance,
and family engagement.
Before joining Foundation Source, Elizabeth established and ran an independent philanthropic consulting firm. Prior to that, she was a senior program officer at the Gates Foundation, managing a $90 million portfolio of Special Initiative and Family Interest grants. This included leading the foundation’s global education partnership with the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation QEDC Initiative.
Earlier in her career, Elizabeth was vice president at JP Morgan Private Bank Global Foundations Group, where she provided tailored grantmaking services to client foundations with assets of $25 million or more. She served as a program manager at the Aspen Institute Business and Society Program, and as a program offi cer at the New York-based United States-Japan Foundation. She began her career as a program coordinator with the Council on Foundations in Washington, D.C., one of the preeminent membership and service organizations serving U.S. private foundations. She has an undergraduate degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Elizabeth is passionate about philanthropy and the power of the social sector. She sits on the advisory board of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Alumni Network. Elizabeth grew up in San Francisco, CA, and lives with her family in Seattle, WA.