Social impact strategist. Long-term thinker and student of history. Food addict. Global circumnavigator. Aspiring Spanish speaker. Co-founder of Giving Circles Fund. Ari and Levi’s dad!
Mike Berkowitz (he/him) is co-founder of Third Plateau Social Impact Strategies, LLC. An experienced facilitator and strategist, and a passionate believer in long-term solutions that drive social change, Mike leads much of Third Plateau’s philanthropic advisory practice and its work on strengthening U.S. democracy.
Mike is founder and Executive Director of the Democracy Funders Network, a cross-ideological learning and action community for donors concerned about the health of American democracy. He is also co-founder of Patriots & Pragmatists, a cross-ideological network and convening space for politically engaged individuals committed to defending, rebuilding, and sustaining fundamental democratic norms, values, and institutions. Additionally, Mike directs the Election Integrity Fund, a nonpartisan rapid response fund focused on ensuring a free and fair election in the U.S.
Mike is a 21/64-certified philanthropy consultant and has counseled numerous individual donors, family foundations, institutional foundations, and funder networks on their philanthropic strategies. He is a Senior Advisor to the Pritzker Innovation Fund, which supports the development and advancement of paradigm-shifting ideas to address the world’s most wicked problems. The Fund is primarily focused on climate and energy and on U.S. democracy. Mike is also a Senior Advisor to the John Pritzker Family Fund. In that role, he advises the foundation on its strategy, governance, grantmaking, and communications, and helps to oversee its investments in Democracy & Civic Health and Jewish Life.
Prior to founding Third Plateau, Mike served as Senior Vice President for Operations and Strategy at the Bonner Group, Inc., a nonprofit and Democratic political fundraising firm in Washington, DC. Before joining the Bonner Group, Mike worked at Mammen, Pritchard & Associates, a Democratic direct mail firm on Capitol Hill. Previously, he was the Public Policy Fellow at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, where he was responsible for a range of policy issues, including election reform, hate crimes, and welfare reauthorization.
A native of New York City, Mike lives in San Francisco with his wife, Debbie Tuttle Berkowitz, and their sons Ari and Levi. He has a B.A. in History, magna cum laude, from Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.