The Packard Foundation Announces New Visiting Scholar Lucy Bernholz

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation announced today that Lucy Bernholz will join the Foundation as a Visiting Scholar effective fall 2013 and through 2014.

For over a decade, the Foundation has sponsored visiting scholars with areas of expertise ranging from public and reproductive health to the interaction of philanthropy and social media. This program provides experts the intellectual resources of the Foundation, while providing the Foundation the benefits of access to practitioners conducting cutting edge research.

“We are excited to have Lucy join us as a visiting scholar and to have her share with us her deep knowledge and experience on a range of issues impacting the social sector,” said Foundation President and CEO Carol S. Larson. “We are especially pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with Lucy on projects of shared interest including exploring the crossroads of big data, technology and the philanthropy in which our Foundation is engaged.”

A thought leader in the intersection of philanthropy, law, policy, and technology, Bernholz writes about the business of giving in books, articles, and her award-winning blog, Her work led the Huffington Post to hail her as a “game changer.” She is working on her second book, tentatively titled, The Future of Good.

As a Visiting Scholar, Bernholz will advance the Foundation’s literacy on a range of issues, particularly digital civil society, open data, and social good. She will be working with the Foundation’s multiple grantmaking programs on myriad projects.

In 2011, Bernholz sold her consulting firm, Blueprint Research & Design, Inc. Since then, she has served as a Visiting Scholar at the Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. She will continue in this role in addition to her work with the Packard Foundation.

Bernholz began her philanthropy career locally serving as a program officer for the Community Foundation Santa Cruz County. She holds a B.A. from Yale University and a masters and Ph.D. from Stanford University.

“I am excited to join the Packard Foundation as a Visiting Scholar,” Bernholz said. “I look forward to partnering with staff from across the Foundation to share ideas as they develop, garner feedback, test theories and serve as a sounding board.”