Natalie RossDirector Global Philanthropy Council Of Foundations United States of America
Natalie is the Director for Global Philanthropy at the Council, where she works to build stronger connections between Council members and philanthropic, non-profit and private-sector institutions working on global issues. Natalie leads the Council's engagement with global philanthropic networks; develops international content for Council convenings, conferences, and resources; and leads the strategy development and implementation of the Council's international program. Natalie also works closely with global policy-makers and multi-lateral organizations to develop a positive global enabling environment for cross-border philanthropy.
Prior to joining the Council, Natalie worked as a Program Officer at the Aga Khan Foundation USA, where she mobilized and managed a $30M portfolio of civil society programs in Africa and Asia. She also led development of the multi-stakeholder Global Alliance for Community Philanthropy, which researches how external donors can better encourage the use of local resources to support and sustain locally-led development. Natalie received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Africana Studies from Wellesley College. She has lived and worked abroad throughout her career, including as a primary school teacher in Kampala, Uganda and as a Fulbright fellow in South Africa, where she designed university-level teacher training courses and girls’ empowerment programs.