People


Kate Schwass

Executive Director, GreenLight Bay Area

Kate Schwass comes to GreenLight Fund with over a decade of experience
working with non-profits – from small, local organizations to large, national
institutions. Most recently, she served as the Founding Bay Area Executive
Director and Interim VP of Development and Communications at CollegeSpring –
a national non-profit focused on helping low-income students realize their college
potential. While at CollegeSpring, Kate tripled the number of students served
locally, doubled the fundraising revenue, and built a diverse and committed
regional board of directors. Previously, she served as the Director of
Development for Envision Education, a Bay Area charter school network,
overseeing fundraising, communications and enrollment.  Before her time with
Envision, Kate served in various roles in the Muscular Dystrophy Association
(MDA), ultimately leading Northern California and Nevada as Regional Director
and overseeing management, fundraising, and health care services at three
district offices and five health care clinics. Prior to MDA, she worked in Santa
Barbara at the Council on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and United Way. Kate has
a B.A. in Religious Studies from Westmont College. In 2017, Kate was named a
Cross-Sector Leadership Fellow of the Presidio Institute, a program sponsored
by the White House in support of leaders working to unlock solutions to society’s
most complex and pressing challenges. In her free time, she can be found chasing
after her two young children and husband while listening to Beyoncé on repeat.

Kate’s GreenLight

“A fundamental belief that we belong to each other and that together we can create a kinder and braver world.”

Meet the rest of the GreenLight bay area team.

Grace Peter

Program Associate, GreenLight Bay Area