The Philanthropy Workshop West announced today that it has hired Christy Chin to be Associate Director of Alumni Activities.

At The Philanthropy Workshop West, a program of the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the TOSA Foundation, Ms. Chin will manage ongoing activities and training for graduates of The Philanthropy Workshops West’s donor education program. She will report to Christine Sherry, The Philanthropy Workshop West’s director.

Ms. Chin comes to the job from the Skoll Foundation, where she was a senior program officer who managed a portfolio of grants designed to build the field of social entrepreneurship. Ms. Chin joined the Skoll Foundation in 2002 as one of its first employees, and helped develop and evolve the foundation’s programs toward Skoll’s goal of playing a preeminent role in the field of social entrepreneurship. Ms. Chin was a co-chair of a project on volunteer consulting for the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the American Red Cross. That project was sponsored by Harvard Business School’s Community Partners.

Ms. Chin has over ten years experience in venture capital. She was a principal with Bedrock Capital Partners, was director of business development for The Frontier Group, a health care firm, and an investment analyst with Norwest Venture Capital, based in Wellesley Massachusetts. She also worked as a research associate at the Harvard Business School. Ms. Chin earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Colgate University and a Master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

About TPW West
Started in 2001, The Philanthropy Workshop West is an executive education program for private donors and trustees of family foundations designed to explore how donors can be as effective and strategic as possible in their philanthropy. Each year the course provides a small group with opportunities to work with prominent figures from the fields of philanthropy, policy, and public management to help them develop a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector and how to launch effective philanthropic ventures. In 2004, alumni of the program came together to launch an alumni network, where graduates continue ongoing education, travel, collaborative funding, and peer learning. For more information about the program, see