Whitney Caruso

Vice President

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

Whitney Caruso (she/her) is a Vice President at Third Plateau, where she oversees the Research, Evaluation, and Learning team. As a seasoned generalist and Third Plateau veteran, she spreads her efforts across our service areas, including strategic planning, impact evaluation, fundraising strategy, and philanthropic advising for both our nonprofit and philanthropic clients. Whitney also leads the company in its work on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, as well as internal metrics and team culture. She consistently pushes the team to strive for excellence in our work while strengthening the firm’s ability to lead processes and produce deliverables that are useful and effective at driving meaningful social change.

Prior to Third Plateau Whitney received her Master’s 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. Whitney also spent two years living in Nicaragua, where she did an internship at a microfinance organization, taught Spanish, and ran an international internship program focused on asset-based community development through the Foundation for Sustainable Development. Whitney currently sits on the board of directors for Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a San Francisco-based nonprofit that promotes the health and well-being of Chicanos/Latinos and multicultural/multiracial youth. Whitney identifies as a white woman, and is committed to centering racial equity in her work and leveraging her privilege to support organizations that are led-by and serving people of color and other groups that have been systemically disenfranchised.

A native of Northern California (born and raised in Sebastopol), she currently resides in Oakland with her boyfriend Eduardo, where she enjoys hanging out with friends and their babies, seeing live music, eating good food, playing tennis, and running (or sitting) around Lake Merritt.