As part of our commitment to openness and transparency, the Hewlett Foundation shares data about the demographics of our staff and board.
The data above are drawn from surveys of staff. Categories with respect to gender and race reflect how individuals self-identify.
Race categories are based on EEOC classifications. In 2018, the foundation changed the survey questions related to gender identity, adding non-binary and transgender categories, to align with data collection efforts related to grantmaking and to enable the greatest number of staff to participate. As of April 2020, the foundation’s staff is 49% white, 49% non-white; 2% declined to answer the question. In 2016, that balance was 59% white, 39% non-white. In 2012, it was 69% white, 31% non-white, which was roughly unchanged from four years earlier.
As of April 2020, the foundation’s staff is 77% female, 22% male; 2% declined to answer the question. This is roughly unchanged from recent years. In 2016, for example, the staff was 73% female, and 27% male. In 2008 – when we began collecting this data – it was 75% female, 25% male. Prior to 2008, the foundation staff was under 100 people, and did not report or collect these demographic data.
(As of April 2021, 57% of senior staff identified as female; 43% as male. On race and ethnicity, 57% identified as white, 43% identified as non-white – i.e., 14% Black or African American, 14% Asian or Asian American, 7% Hispanic/Latino/Latina, and 7% multi-ethnic or multi-racial. An updated survey of staff and board with additional data categories is planned for later this year.)
The above data reflect our board of directors, which comprises 13 members, excluding the president. As of May 2021, the foundation’s board is 62% white and 38% non-white, slightly changed from four years earlier, when the board was 69% white and 31% non-white. As of May 2021, the foundation’s board is 54% male and 46% female whereas in 2017 that balance was 69% male and 31% female.
In 2011, the foundation adopted new policies related to board membership. Four board members must be linear descendants of William and Flora Hewlett; there must be at least five but no more than 11 additional, independent board members. All but one of these board members serve three-year terms, with a limit of four terms. One of the family slots is for a “special director,” typically from the next generation of Hewletts, who serves a single two-year term.