Liz Karlin WagstaffeDirector
Connection seeker. Efficiency expert. Juris doctor wannabe medical doctor. Chocolate chip cookie purist.
Liz Karlin Wagstaffe is a Director at Third Plateau. She has worked in a variety of capacities with foundations, nonprofits, and individuals implementing charitable strategies, increasing operational efficiency, and enhancing philanthropic programs. She has been dedicated to social justice and community organizations her whole life – her early work experiences include volunteering in health clinics and human service organizations, advocating for individuals with disabilities to obtain public benefits, and serving on the board of local progressive nonprofits.
Liz began her career in philanthropy at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she worked in Operations and in Office of the General Counsel advising colleagues on compliance matters including federal and state lobbying limitations and international grantmaking. She then served as the Grants Manager at Tides where she oversaw all donor-advised and fiscally sponsored project grant activities and provided policy and procedure guidance to staff and clients. Liz also worked as the Senior Program Manager at the Genentech Foundation where she managed the foundation’s complete grantmaking portfolio. During that time, she led a review of the foundation’s giving strategy, working closely with the Executive Director, foundation grantees, and the Board of Directors to lay out future funding priorities.
Most recently, Liz has consulted for private foundations, individual donors, and nonprofits on a variety of compliance, operations, grants, and program management initiatives. She is excited to continue her career supporting grantmakers to unleash tax-exempt dollars to support effective social organizations that create meaningful change.
She holds a JD from Santa Clara University School of Law with a certificate in Public Interest and Social Justice and a BA from the University of Michigan. She is admitted to the California bar. Liz lives in San Francisco with her husband and twin daughters. She enjoys going to the farmers market, exploring city playgrounds, and taking very short walks with her dog, Birdie.