Kasey Oliver

Senior Director

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Kasey is a trusted partner and experienced leader who has spent her career working in the philanthropic sector. She is a highly analytical thinker with a deep appreciation for the value of relationships. Kasey leads Geneva Global’s donor advising practices, where her diverse and expert team works closely with some of the world’s leading foundations and philanthropic families, serving—in many cases—as an extension of their staff.


For the last decade, Kasey has worked on donor collaboration in its many forms. These projects have run the gamut from building a strategic framework for neglected tropical diseases on the African continent, to reporting on progress and setbacks in COVID-19 R&D at the height of the pandemic, to building a foundation’s new charitable entity. With ten years of advising under her belt, she has confirmed her love of unraveling problems and has come to terms with being a chronic overpacker.

Earlier in her career at Geneva Global, she built and oversaw the grantmaking processes of a $14 million portfolio in public health advocacy—and learned first-hand why advocacy is a mystery to many private donors. Kasey joined Geneva Global from Boston University, where she worked first in international education, followed by global health fundraising.

Kasey informs the strategy of Geneva Global and its parent company, Global Impact, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team. She has a personal and professional commitment to anti-racism, and works for inclusion, equity, diversity, and justice in her team’s and the company’s practices.

Kasey is a 21/64 Certified Advisor. She has an MBA from the Boston University Questrom School of Business, and a BA from Smith College. Her professional superpower is the ability to see many paths forward, no matter the roadblocks.


Who or what has inspired you to do the work that you do?

Many people have a defining experience that inspires their interest in philanthropy. I grew up knowing that this is the direction I would take. Community matters deeply to me and, through my work at Geneva Global, I serve communities around the world.

What’s your best travel advice?

Travel is about the experience—how you feel, what you learn—and not about reaching a goal. Go with the flow and put down your smartphone.

What three words would you use to describe your colleagues?

Bold, analytical, creative

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

I grew up on a dairy farm in Upstate NY. My cousins and I used to play hide-and-seek in the barn and make houses out of haybales. I have to stop myself from shaking store-bought milk to reincorporate the cream. I admit that I’m not fond of pigs, but have a special place in my heart for Holsteins.