Esther Larson joined the Philanthropy Roundtable as program director in June 2021. Previously, she served as director of programs at Hope for New York where she directed the organization’s grantmaking, volunteer partnership, capacity building and collective impact strategies with a network of 60-plus New York City-based human service organizations.
Esther interned at the White House, focusing on strategies to mobilize Americans to commit to volunteering. This led to working in the human services field as director of development with Hunger Free America, as program analysis manager with the Met Council on Jewish Poverty, and director of programs with Hope for New York since 2011.
Esther’s first introduction to philanthropy was serving at a soup kitchen in downtown Phoenix, Arizona. This experience – and many others like it – led her to commit to engaging with community needs professionally and personally. In addition to working at the Philanthropy Roundtable, she serves on several boards and is involved in leadership with her church. Esther earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt and a master’s degree from Texas A&M’s George Bush School of Government and Public Service. She holds a certificate in fundraising and philanthropy from New York University and a certificate of business excellence from Columbia Business School.