Fay Twersky Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group, William & Flora Hewlett Foundation
Fay Twersky is the Director of the Effective Philanthropy Group at the William & Flora Hewlett Foundation. In this capacity, she created and leads a hybrid team that seeks to support a strong foundation and a strong sector. She leads five internal functions including strategy, evaluation and organization learning as well as two external grantmaking areas: one in support of nonprofit organizational effectiveness and one to build a strong philanthropic sector. Twersky spent 2010–2011 working in Jerusalem, advising the Rothschild Family Foundation.
Twersky served for four years as Director and member of the leadership team of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, launching the Impact Planning & Improvement division. She was a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.
Twersky has written many articles, reports and blogs and is a frequent speaker on issues of effective philanthropy. She recently published “The Artful Juggler,” in the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) on what it takes to be a successful Foundation Chief Executive Officer. She was principal author of Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries, also in SSIR. Twersky is a member of the board of directors for The Center for Effective Philanthropy and the UBS Optimus Foundation in Zurich, Switzerland. She is founding co-chair of the Fund for Shared Insight, an innovative funding collaborative dedicated to improving philanthropy. She holds bachelor’s degrees with high honors in Rhetoric and Middle Eastern Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.