The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation is pleased to announce the hire of Jacob Harold, who has experience in consulting, grassroots organizing, and advocacy, as the Program Officer for Philanthropy and Regional Grants.

In this position, Harold will oversee grants in both programs, assist with planning and strategy across the Hewlett Foundation, and foster the use of evaluation tools among grantees and the Foundation’s programs.  In addition, he will serve as a source of information for the Foundation on new approaches, best practices, and trends in building nonprofit capacity and improving outcomes.

Harold joins the Foundation after working as a consultant at the Bridgespan Group where he advised nonprofit clients working to improve education outcomes and promote community engagement.  Harold has also worked as an independent consultant for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and as a climate change campaigner for Rainforest Action Network and Greenpeace USA.  In addition, he was the organizing director for Citizen Works, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit focused on corporate governance issues, and spent one year as a grassroots organizer with Green Corps, where he led campaigns on climate change, forest protection and tobacco control in cities across the country.

Harold received a BA from Duke University, where he designed his own major in ethics and intellectual history, and earned an MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.  

The Hewlett Foundation’s Philanthropy Program seeks to improve the outcomes achieved by nonprofit organizations by supporting the development of research, planning, and evaluation tools and helping donors and other foundations learn how to achieve greater results from their giving.  The Regional Grants Program supports a variety of organizations that serve disadvantaged communities in the Bay Area.

Harold’s responsibilities at the Foundation will include overseeing grants in the Philanthropy Program and the Regional Grants Program now managed by Acting Program Officer Brent Harris, who will be entering law school in the Fall.  Harold will be working closely with Program Officer Kristina Palmer on the Foundation’s regional grants.

About the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation,, has been making grants since 1966 to help solve social and environmental problems at home and around the world.  The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in education, environment, global development, performing arts, philanthropy, population, and makes grants to support disadvantaged communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.  A full list of all the Hewlett Foundation’s grants can be found at