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Alexa Cortes Culwell
Co-Founder

Alexa is the co-founder of Open Impact and a longtime philanthropy advisor, speaker, and facilitator. For the past 25 years she has built and managed foundations and philanthropic initiatives for successful entrepreneurs, including serving as the founding CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. She recently completed a four-year appointment as a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. Prior to Open Impact, Alexa founded the strategic advisory firm Philanthropy Futures in 2011. She has served on the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s board for more than a decade, and has been a long-standing board member of New Door Ventures. Her work has been cited in Harvard Business Review and Stanford Social Innovation Review. Alexa earned her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a Master of Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

 
 
 

Heather McLeod Grant
Co-Founder

Heather is the co-founder of Open Impact and a social entrepreneur, author, and consultant with 25 years of experience in social change. She is coauthor of the bestselling Forces for Good: The Six Practices of High-Impact Nonprofits, named a Top Ten Book of the Year by The Economist, and numerous case studies, articles and other publications. Previously she was the principal of McLeod-Grant Advisors. Heather helped lead the nonprofit practice at Monitor Institute and served as a McKinsey & Company consultant. She began her career as an Echoing Green Fellow when she cofounded Who Cares, a national magazine for young social entrepreneurs published from 1993 to 1999. She is a Venture Partner with Draper-Richards-Kaplan and has served on numerous local, national, and global nonprofit boards. She holds an MBA from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard University.