Carlos A. Garcia

Carlos A. Garcia

Senior Philanthropic Advisor
Carlos Garcia is a native Californian. His interest in environmental issues developed as an adult, and he has woven it into his personal life and career.
Carlos is a senior philanthropic advisor at The San Francisco Foundation. In this role, he 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, he helped to develop a new grantmaking program that is providing nature-based experiences and environmental education to thousands of underserved youth across the San Francisco Bay Area.
Previously, he was a philanthropy advisor at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, the largest community foundation in the world. His professional background also includes serving as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, a leading 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 on the board of the San Francisco Green Film Festival and is a member of Full Circle Fund, a network of professionals who help social entrepreneurs accelerate positive change.
Carlos earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology with a specialization in business administration from UCLA. 

Career Interests

Corporate sustainability, business and the environment, renewable energy, project management, philanthropy


Master of Environmental Management, May 2019
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Focus: Environmental Leadership
Bachelor of Arts
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA
Major: Psychology
Specialization: Business Administration

Professional Experience

Senior Philanthropic Advisor, The San Francisco Foundation, San Francisco, CA
Advise individual and family clients, whose combined donor-advised fund assets total nearly $100 million, by developing strategies to achieve their philanthropic goals. Conceptualized and launched a new grantmaking program, the Youth Access to Nature Fund, focused on outdoor education including development of strategy along with selection and evaluation criteria; using a collective giving model, the program makes nearly $1 million in grants and serves 25,000 young people each year. Serve in a program officer role for clients by researching issues, vetting organizations and proposals, conducting site visits, and making recommendations regarding funding of nonprofit organizations. Worked with CEO and internal team to develop a new strategic plan for the foundation. 2014 - present
Philanthropy Advisor, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Mountain View, CA
Advised more than 100 individuals, families, and supporting organizations, whose combined fund assets totaled nearly $300 million, on their philanthropy by providing best practices, learning and engagement opportunities, programmatic and financial evaluation of nonprofit organizations, and funding recommendations. Established a high level of trust with this portfolio of donors, family offices, and professional advisors, resulting in significant fund growth, such as one donor increasing fund investment by $80 million. Launched the foundation's Donor Circle for the Environment, a collaboration of San Francisco Bay Area philanthropists working toward greater impact by learning and giving together. 2009 - 2014
Associate Director of Philanthropy, The Nature Conservancy, San Francisco, CA  
Served on corporate and foundation partnerships team of three staff, which raised $5 million annually for a leading conservation organization working around the world. Planned and implemented cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship activities for a portfolio of 40 institutional funders and served as interim lead of the institutional giving team for the California Chapter. 2005 - 2007

Additional Information


Chair of the Board of Directors, Environmental Grantmakers Association 
Chair of the board of directors of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, 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. 2012 - present
Member, Full Circle Fund
Member of Full Circle Fund, a philanthropic network of members who help social entrepreneurs accelerate positive change; served as co-chair of the Environment Circle for three years. 2012 - present

Accomplished professional with expertise spanning client services, institutional grantmaking, donor-advised funds, family philanthropy, and social and environmental issues using demonstrated skills in leadership, relationship management, strategic planning, and teamwork to achieve clients' philanthropic goals and advance social and environmental change


program management
project management
stakeholder engagement

Graduation Date

May 2019