Autumn McDonald

Autumn McDonald has more than a decade of experience working with foundations, nonprofits, companies and associations on strategy, program design and evaluation. She most recently served as senior consultant with strategy-consulting firm FSG, with a focus on collective impact as a problem-solving approach. Autumn previously founded and consulted with Catalyst Education Consulting, serving multiple national and state-level clients. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Stanford University, a Master in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Master in the Learning Sciences from Northwestern University’s School of Education and Social Policy.


Although women are a vital force within the economy, they are compensated at a significantly lower level than their male counterparts and are continually underrepresented across professions and leadership positions. In response, the cities of San Francisco and Oakland will co-host a regional Women’s Empowerment & Opportunity Summit. Autumn was hired to help translate the Summit’s ideas into action. Autumn will helped to shape proposed programs, policies and public/private initiatives to improve economic and social opportunities for women and families throughout the Bay Area region.