Gene White

Senior Director of Programs

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Having helped clients maximize their philanthropic impact for nearly 15 years through the development of customized grant-making strategies, the creation of social impact measurement tools, and customized skills building for foundation and nonprofit staff, Gene brings extensive experience as a practitioner and strategist to his work with clients.

Gene currently oversees Geneva Global’s program management and program consulting work. He is passionate about helping those engaged in philanthropy realize greater impact. Gene has advised ultra-high-net-worth individuals, private- and corporate-funded foundations, and nonprofits across the globe. He consults with our clients to sharpen their focus, create clear and actionable strategies, improve processes and tools, build staff capacity, and effectively capture and communicate impact.

He has directly overseen the strategy development, implementation, management, and assessment of over $40 million in program grants in Asia and Africa. From this, Gene has gained extensive experience across multiple sectors, including education, anti-trafficking, and social sector development. Gene has led teams responsible for helping to establish and launch sector-leading, private donor funds. As a member of Geneva Global’s executive team, Gene shares responsibility for business development and organizational strategy.

Prior to joining Geneva Global, Gene worked in the U.S. finance industry and taught at universities in China. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Wheaton College.

What’s your favorite part of your job?

At Geneva Global, our team consists of and works with innovators and out-of-the-box thinkers in the fields of philanthropy and global development. This creates and incredibly dynamic workplace and the opportunity to be part of strategic and life-changing work in some of the world’s hardest places. Incredibly fulfilling.

How many countries have you visited?

Truthfully, I haven’t stopped to count. I’d have to guess around 25. I’ve been incredibly lucky so far to have lived in 5 countries – the US, England, Greece, Japan and China. I hope to add more countries to both lists!

What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?

I once spent the night in an old fashioned “English” phone booth. I was hitchhiking across the UK and got dropped off on a rural highway late in the evening. Temps were dropping and rain was likely. For the next couple of hours, not one car came down that road. The only structure around was a phone booth in a ‘lay by’. That’s where I spent the night, sitting on top of my backpack, legs against my chest. Can’t say I slept much, but I kept dry and relatively warm – and now it makes for a good story.

What three words would you use to describe your colleagues?

Optimistic, smart, problem solvers