Bill Pitkin is a social justice advocate and collaborative leader who has worked in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in Los Angeles for more than 25 years, in fields as diverse as teaching, community organizing, research and planning, and strategic philanthropy. Currently, he is a consultant advising organizations on catalyzing social change and equity through investments in collaborative leadership and systems and policy change. Most recently he was Director of Domestic Programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, overseeing the planning, development, implementation, and evaluation of the domestic priority areas (homelessness, transition age foster youth, substance use prevention and youth workforce development). Prior to joining the Foundation, Pitkin was director of research and planning at United Way of Greater Los Angeles, where he oversaw the publication of research reports and led a strategic planning process resulting in that organization’s 10-year action plan to fight poverty in Los Angeles. Other past positions include executive director at the Los Angeles United Methodist Urban Foundation and research director at the Advanced Policy Institute in the University of California, Los Angeles School of Public Affairs. He has served on the Funders Together to End Homelessness board of directors since 2008 (chair from 2015-2018). He received his doctorate and master’s degree in urban planning from UCLA.
Find him at @billpiktin.