Carly Straus

Senior Associate

Social justice seeker. New York Times addict. Extreme extrovert. Desert ex-pat. Sunshine hiker, rainy day bookworm.

Carly Straus (she/her) is a Senior Associate at Third Plateau. In this role, she engages a community of stakeholders to help drive the firm’s complex network and coalition projects, including the Democracy Funders Network and Patriots & Pragmatists.

Carly joined Third Plateau with a background in philanthropy, public health, and community development. Most recently, she worked at Metta Fund, where she supported the foundation’s public health and older adult grantmaking program. Prior to that, she was on the finance and operations team at Neighborhood Funders Group, a social justice funder network. She served 3 years on the Bay Area steering committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy, a network committed to giving the next generation of foundation professionals the tools and relationships they need to succeed.

Carly has a B.A. in Peace & Conflict Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She is a native Californian who spent a few years in Arizona, and is thrilled to be back in the Bay. She enjoys hiking, cooking, practicing Spanish, and exploring her wonderful home state.