Vice President, Center for Designed Philanthropy


Elana Wien joined The Foundation's Center for Designed Philanthropy in 2012 as senior program officer, became its director in 2014 and was promoted to its vice president in 2017. She manages the vetting and distribution of The Foundation's grantmaking through Cutting EdgeNext StageIsraelGeneral Community, and Capital Grants. Elana also guides donors in strategically designing their philanthropy for greater impact, and currently works with families who combined have charitable assets of over $300 million. Previously, she served as a public affairs consultant on a national telecommunications merger in Washington, D.C. She also served as assistant regional director for the Anti-Defamation League and as a fund development and strategic communications consultant for clients including a regional medical center and a national think tank. Elana graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in geography and received her master's degree in anthropology from the Universidad de las Americas as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar to Mexico. She serves on the Family Philanthropy Advisory Council of Southern California Grantmakers and as a panelist/moderator at nonprofit events. Elana is frequently quoted on philanthropic topics in the Jewish Journal, her articles have appeared in such publications as the Forward, and she was interviewed on Live Love Thrive. In 2018, she was awarded the prestigious Wexner Field Fellowship, a three-year intensive leadership and professional development program for emerging Jewish leaders in North America.