Carlos A. Garcia

Senior Philanthropic Advisor


Carlos A. Garcia works with individuals and families to explore the alignment of their personal values and giving, to develop and execute their grantmaking strategies, and to deepen their engagement on social and environmental issues. Recently, working with several donor families, he helped to create the foundation’s Youth Access to Nature Fund, a grantmaking program that is providing nature-based experiences and environmental education to thousands of young people across the Bay Area.

Previously, he was a philanthropy advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation during the years it grew to become the largest community foundation in the world. His professional background also includes serving as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, a global conservation organization.

Carlos serves on the board of directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association (EGA), a national group of nearly 200 private foundations, community foundations, corporate foundations, and individual philanthropists. EGA works with its members and partners to promote effective environmental philanthropy. He is also a member of Full Circle Fund, a network of professionals who help social entrepreneurs accelerate positive change.

Carlos is a certified consultant to multi-generational families on philanthropy through the 21/64 network and holds the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy® (CAP®) professional designation. He earned a degree in psychology with a specialization in business administration from UCLA. Currently, he is pursuing a master of environmental management and leadership through Duke University. He and his wife live in San Francisco.