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Jonathan Osler Bio


For more than 20 years I have worked to advance racial and economic justice, educational equity, and a multiracial democracy as a philanthropic and nonprofit leader.


Most recently I was the Director of Philanthropic Initiatives at the Marguerite Casey Foundation where I led $15 million in national grantmaking programs. I also managed teams to design and execute strategic initiatives including Public Dollars for Public Good, and helped stand up the $50 million BuildUs donor collaborative.


Previously, I served as the Senior Director at the Oakland Education Fund where I helped steward $50 million in philanthropic giving, and developed the $13 million Oakland Undivided campaign that provided more than 35,000 free laptops, closing the digital divide for 90% of low-income Oakland families.


I have also had the privilege of serving as a teacher, principal, faculty member at multiple universities, and the Executive Director of an educational nonprofit. My educational background fuels my passion for creating learning and growth opportunities from the classroom to the boardroom.


My consulting practice is guided by the same values that have always been at the heart of my work: curiosity, integrity, creativity, joy, and collaboration. Whether we’re designing the strategy for a new philanthropic initiative, building innovative partnerships to tackle complex challenges, or producing a retreat for your staff, my commitment is to ensure you receive clear communication, diligent project management, and a steadfast focus on achieving your ambitious goals. 


Oh, and when I’m not working, you can find me on the sidelines of a girls soccer game, indoor rock climbing, or taking my pandemic puppy for a walk in the Oakland hills. 


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