Alexa Cortes Culwell

SV2 Advisory Board Member

Alexa is the co-founder of Open Impact, a strategic advisory firm partnering with philanthropy leaders to envision, design and accelerate their impact. Her work focuses on strategic planning, leadership development, and speaking/teaching. For the past 25 years she has built and managed foundations and philanthropic initiatives for successful entrepreneurs, including serving as the founding CEO of the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation. Alexa also served as a visiting practitioner at Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society and, for more than a decade, served on the board of the Center for Effective Philanthropy. Currently, she is a long-standing board member of New Door Ventures, a youth development organization serving the Bay Area and is a Leap Ambassador focused on promoting higher performance in the nonprofit sector.