StaffLaura is a full-time venture philanthropist, supported by a team of professionals.
Debbie primarily supports the Lauder Family Fund’s Jewish giving area and the Lauder Family Giving Circle. She has worked in the field of philanthropy for two decades. Debbie holds a Doctorate in Education summa cum laude from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Arts in Education and a Bachelor of Literature in Hebrew Letters from the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the University of Judaism, where she was class valedictorian, and a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She was a visiting graduate student at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and Yeshiva University in New York, a fellow in the Wexner Heritage Foundation and the Mandel Teacher Educator Institute and was nominated twice for the Covenant Award in Jewish Education. She lives in San Francisco with her husband and daughter.
MacKenzie primarily supports the Lauder Family Fund’s civic giving area. He is the former Chief of Staff and Chief Partnerships Officer at Service Year Alliance, an organization chaired by Retired General Stanley McChrystal that seeks to make a year of national service – a service year – a common opportunity and expectation for young Americans. He previously served as the managing director of Teach For America’s national recruitment strategy and technology team during the organization’s most successful recruitment seasons in TFA’s history. Prior to joining TFA’s national staff, he started his career as a TFA corps member teaching high school social studies in Southwest Philadelphia. He is a graduate of the University of Florida (undergraduate) and the University of Pennsylvania (graduate) and lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife and two daughters.
Ynez supports the Lauder Family Fund’s philanthropic operations, including managing annual philanthropic budgets, processing grants, and grant-making research. She has held finance & operations management positions in the family office space since 2007. Ynez was a project and operations specialist for the executive talent team at McKesson Corporation and worked on special projects for the investment banking team at JP Morgan. Ynez graduated from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, daughter, and their two gatos.