Mary Anna Colwell

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Mary Anna C. Colwell, Major Gifts Advisor, DataCenter.

"Mary Anna received her Ph.D. in Sociology from University of California, Berkeley in Sociology after completing her undergraduate degree at Vassar College and her M.A. at San Francisco State University. Her doctoral dissertation was on “Philanthropic Foundations and Public Policy: The Political Role of Foundations.” She has also written widely on the peace movement. She held teaching positions at U.C. Berkeley, U.C. Davis, and University of San Francisco. Long active in the philanthropic world, she has served as a consultant to grant-makers and donors, and was senior development officer at the Sierra Club. Her past board memberships include Agape Foundation, Capp Street Foundation, Urban Policy Research Institute (Los Angeles) and Northern California SANE. She was one of the founding members and President of the San Francisco Catholic Interracial Council. As Executive Director of LARAS Fund, a private philanthropic foundation disposing of $4 million in assets, Mary Anna gave the first grant the DataCenter received. Shortly after, she began her 10 years of service on our board and more recently, since 2002, has volunteered in our Development Department." [1]


  • Mary A. C. Colwell, Private Foundations and Public Policy: The Political Role of Philanthropy (New York: Garland Publishing, 1993).

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  1. People, DataCenter, accessed April 13, 2010.