Vice President of Programs & Emerging Strategies
Negeen Darani oversees grantmaking strategy and program evaluation across the foundation, as well as our cross-programmatic Emerging Strategies program. Particular areas of focus include plastics, data science for social good, and Indigenous stewardship of land and water.
Negeen brings over 20 years of experience working in philanthropy, nonprofit strategy, finance/economics and organizational change management. Previously, Negeen was a researcher with Stanford’s Effective Philanthropy Lab and served as a philanthropic advisor to Bay Area-based funders. She served as executive director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, where she led the creation of the first-ever humanitarian academy focused on community-driven crisis management. As part of Morgan Stanley’s public finance group, she worked with municipalities, the State of California, school districts, water utilities and nonprofits on leveraging capital for infrastructure projects.
Negeen received her bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley and her master’s in public policy with a concentration in energy and environmental policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.