Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy


Elana Wien, vice president for the Center for Designed Philanthropy, joined The Foundation in 2012. With over 15 years of experience, Elana has a track record of supporting innovation, building capacity, fostering meaningful partnerships and taking projects and organizations to scale. She currently oversees The Foundation’s grant programs, and guides donor families with combined charitable assets of over $300 million in their philanthropy. Elana has served a variety of nonprofits including a leading international anti-hate organization, a regional medical center, a national early childhood think tank, a major LA County community clinic system, and a youth homeless services agency. She graduated magna cum laude from UC Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in geography, and received a master's degree in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Mexico. Elana sits on the Family Philanthropy Advisory Council and LGBTQ Professionals Network of Southern California Grantmakers and is a partner of Social Venture Partners LA. She has appeared in various media including Jewish Journal, Inside Philanthropy, and the Forward and was featured as an "Amazing Woman in the World of Philanthropy" on the Live Love Thrive radio web series. Elana is a Wexner Field Fellow (2018-2021) and is in the 2019 Coro SoCal Women in Leadership Cohort 2. She was born and resides in Los Angeles with her wife and children.