Fay Twersky

President & Director at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

Fay Twersky

Fay Twersky

President & Director at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation

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Fay Twersky

President & Director

Fay Twersky is president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation. She joined the Foundation in February 2021 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation where she worked closely with the foundation’s president, Larry Kramer, and managed special initiatives to improve the foundation’s grantmaking and discrete projects that fall outside its traditional programs. Fay also led the foundation’s Effective Philanthropy Group. The team, which she shaped and launched in 2012, guides strategy, evaluation and organization learning within the Hewlett Foundation, and also leads grantmaking in support of organizational effectiveness and a strong philanthropic sector.

Fay spent 2010 to 2011 working in Jerusalem, advising Yad Hanadiv (The Rothschild Family Foundation) on issues of strategy and organization. She served for four years as director and member of the leadership team of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, designing and developing the impact planning & improvement division. She was also a founding principal of BTW – Informing Change, a strategic consulting firm.

Fay is a frequent author and commentator on trends in philanthropy. Her publications include a Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) article, “Time for a Three-Legged Measurement Stool,” about balancing monitoring and evaluation with feedback from ultimate beneficiaries; “The Artful Juggler,” on what it takes to be a successful foundation CEO; Listening to Those Who Matter Most, the Beneficiaries; and A Guide to Actionable Measurement. She serves on the boards of The Center for Effective Philanthropy and the Van Leer Group, an umbrella organization for three philanthropic and nonprofit entities. She is also the founding co-chair for the Fund for Shared Insight. Fay holds two bachelor’s degrees in Middle Eastern Studies and Rhetoric, with high honors, from the University of California, Berkeley, and a master’s degree in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Fay and her wife Jill have two great kids, Jaz and David Nathan, and they frequently enjoy far-reaching family conversations over delicious home-cooked dinners

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University of California Berkeley National rankings: In a National Research Council analysis of 212 doctoral programs at American universities, 48 Berkeley programs place among the top 10 nationwide. Faculty awards and honors: There are 8 Nobel Laureates, 32 MacArthur Fellows, and 4 Pulitzer Prize winners among the current faculty. History of UC Berkeley: Historical highlights, arranged by topic, following the campus's development — from UC's founding in 1868 to a turn-of-the-century building boom, a research explosion in the 1930s, the Free Speech Movement of the '60s, and Berkeley's key role today in science and technology revolutions. Timeline of discoveries and contributions by UC Berkeley scholars. Traditions of Cal: Who was the Angel of Death? What's with the "Big C" up there in the hills — and why is it sometimes green? Who wears Oski's jolly bear head and size 54 yellow sweater? Tours and webcams: Check out what's happening on Sproul Plaza, the campus's true heart. See stunning live views of the Bay Area from the Lawrence Hall of Science's perch in the Berkeley hills. Chancellor and administration: Information on Chancellor Robert Birgeneau, Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost George W. Breslauer, and how the university is organized. Organizational charts are included. UC System overview and links: On the campuses, laboratories, and medical centers that comprise UC's public educational system, as well as UC's K-12 partnerships, economic impact, and agriculture and environmental resources.

Master's Degree in City Planning

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is a private research university located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States. MIT has five schools and one college, containing a total of 32 academic departments, with a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. Founded in 1861 in response to the increasing industrialization of the United States, the institute used a polytechnic university model and stressed laboratory instruction. MIT was elected to the Association of American Universities in 1934.

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President & Director
2021 - Current

Formed in 1995, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation promotes innovative solutions to improve the lives of youth and their families, seeking results that move communities beyond what seems possible today. The Foundation invests in early childhood development, education, greenspace, and the arts and leads giving programs for each of the Blank Family of Businesses, including the Atlanta Falcons.

Director, Effective Philanthropy Group
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The Hewlett Foundation's investment objective is to maintain or grow their asset size and spending power in inflation-adjusted terms with risk at a level appropriate to their program objectives. They diversify their investments among various financial instruments and asset categories and use multiple investment strategies. As a general practice, except for their holdings in Hewlett-Packard and Agilent stock, all financial assets of the foundation are managed by external investment management firms. Some assets are invested with limited partnerships that invest in the securities of companies that may not be immediately liquid, such as venture capital and buyout firms, and in real estate equity limited partnerships that have investments in various types of properties.

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The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation was formed in 1997 as the William H. Gates Foundation. In 1999, the foundation was renamed the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Trust was created in January 2000 through the merger of the Gates Learning Foundation, which worked to expand access to technology through public libraries and the William H. Gates Foundation, which focused on improving global health. The foundation participates in preventive approaches and collaborative endeavors with government, philanthropic and not-for-profit partners. Priority is given to grants that leverage additional support and serve as a catalyst for long-term, systemic change. The foundation also provides funds to promote greater equity in global health, education and public libraries. Through their partnerships in communities across the US, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is committed to raising the high school graduation rate and helping all students, regardless of race or family income. The foundation is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

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