Christy Pichel is the former President of the Stuart Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to supporting improvements in the public education and child welfare systems in California and Washington. During her tenure the Foundation invested over $200 million and engaged in numerous collaborations in philanthropy and with non-profit and public sector organizations.
Her twenty years in philanthropy also included senior management positions at the James Irvine Foundation, the Public Policy Institute of California, and the CS Fund. Her earlier experience in non-profit organizations provided understanding of the potential and challenges of the sector that informed her approach in philanthropy. Pichel was a founder and executive director of the Summerfield Waldorf School in Sonoma County during its establishment on a permanent site with a bio-dynamic farm and garden. She was the administrator and board member of the Farallones Institute, an early pioneer in renewable energy and sustainable development.
Pichel continues her interest in education, human services and philanthropy as a consultant for education and non-profit organizations and through board service. She currently also serves on the boards of directors of the Center for Effective Philanthropy, Conservation Corp North Bay, and West County Community Services. She is a member of the advisory councils of Dovetail Learning and Honoring the Path of the Warrior. She is a member of the planning committee for The Advancement Project’s K-12 Water Cooler Network and the Blueprint 2.0 Planning Team for the California Department of Education.
Pichel received an M.B.A. in International Business from Dominican University and a B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.