Jonathan Kaufman


Driver of game-changing ideas and awesomeness. Ambitiously ambitious. Trained slaughterhouse butcher. Ironman athlete. Spreadsheet nerd. Able to eat more than you.

Jonathan Kaufman (he/him) is co-founder of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies. In this role, Jonathan collaborates with nonprofits, foundations, and social entrepreneurs all over the world, helping them expand and deepen their impact. He specializes in business and strategic planning, metrics development, community and millennial engagement, and impact assessment for a wide array of Third Plateau’s clients.

Jonathan draws on his unique experiences building the capacity of nonprofits here at home and around the world. Prior to launching Third Plateau, Jonathan lived in St. Louis, where he consulted for a number of organizations on social impact issues, including volunteer management strategies for the local PBS affiliate, earned revenue models for an employment assistance agency, pricing strategies for a national women’s rights nonprofit, and inventory and operations optimization for a foster care organization. While living in Athens Greece, he worked as the Special Programs Director at Caritas Athenas Refugee Center, helping refugees from Somalia, Guinea, Afghanistan, and Iraq settle and restart their lives in the European Union. At Caritas, he increased the soup kitchen capacity five-fold and developed comprehensive language and culture courses for the agency’s clients.

Prior to moving to Greece, Jonathan served as the Housing Coordinator at Step Up on Second, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit that provides services to homeless men and women suffering from severe mental illness. At Step Up, Jonathan expanded the agency’s housing services, oversaw over 3,000 housing cases, and wrote the comprehensive homeless housing guide, Step Up on Second’s Guide to Housing, which is still used by Los Angeles County for training every housing coordinator in the county. Jonathan also worked in Chicago as the Regional Director at Campus Kitchens Project, a national hunger-relief nonprofit. There, he grew the client base four-fold, initiated culinary employment training programs for Chicago’s unemployed, and oversaw the organization’s national expansion efforts.

Jonathan currently serves on the Board of Directors at Women’s Empowerment and on the advisory board at Resonate. He formerly sat on the Board of Directors at Amir, Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, Girls on the Run, Giving Circles Fund, and the Alumni Board at Education Pioneers.

Jonathan holds a B.A. in Religion from Vassar College and an MBA in Nonprofit Management and Social Entrepreneurship from Washington University in St. Louis, where he was a Danforth Scholar, received the Dean’s Award for Corporate Social Responsibility, and graduated at the top of his class.

Jonathan currently lives in Sacramento, CA with his wife, Joanna, and their two kids, Oliver and Louisa. Joanna’s an archaeologist who makes Indiana Jones look like a chump, while Ollie and Lou spend their days wrestling their dad and pranking anyone they can. Together, the four of them travel the world, eat more BBQ than any human should, and are embarking on Phase VII of their world domination plans.