Whitney Caruso


AKA #ClassicCaruso. International development ninja. Impact addict. Strategist. Optimistic realist. Hispanophile. Hip-hop fanatic. Office ping-pong champ.

Whitney Caruso is a Director at Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. She focuses her efforts on strategic planning, impact evaluation, fundraising strategy, and philanthropic advising for a variety of Third Plateau’s nonprofit and philanthropic clients. Whitney also leads the company in its work on internal metrics. She consistently pushes the team to strive for excellence in its service offerings while strengthening Third Plateau’s ability to produce deliverables that are useful and effective at driving impact.

Before joining Third Plateau, Whitney received her Masters of International Affairs at U.C. San Diego’s School of Global Policy and Strategy, where she focused on International Development and Nonprofit Management with a regional specialization in Latin America. After completion of her Bachelor of Arts degree at U.C. Santa Barbara in Global Studies, Whitney worked in Nicaragua at The Rainbow Network, a micro-finance organization that focuses on rural community banking, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development, an international nonprofit that facilitates asset-based community development and international exchange around the world. Whitney’s experience working in the nonprofit sector ignited her passion for improving the effectiveness of social programs in the United States and abroad.

Whitney currently sits on the Board of Directors for El Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes the health and well-being of Chicanos/Latinos and multicultural/multiracial families, and is on the Advisory Board for The Ihangane Project, which promotes human-centered healthcare delivery around the world. She has stayed connected with the Foundation for Sustainable Development, where she sits on the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee of their Ambassador program. A native of Northern California (born and raised in Sebastopol), she currently resides in Oakland, where she enjoys seeing live music; eating good food; playing soccer, basketball, and tennis; and running (or sitting) around Lake Merritt.