Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Lecturer in Business Strategy


Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen is the Founder and President of the Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen Foundation (, an educational content platform that empowers all individuals to give, live and lead in a way that matters more. provides highest-quality academic and professional resources in giving education, women in leadership and her “legacy leadership” model.

Since 2000, Laura has created and teaches Stanford Graduate School of Business’ (Stanford GSB) first courses on Strategic Philanthropy, Individual Philanthropy and Philanthropy, Inclusivity and Leadership. Laura also developed and teaches Power of You: Women in Leadership to prepare students to meet the challenges that currently exist for women leaders in the workplace, as well promote inclusivity and advance impact with her “legacy leadership” model. She has also developed and taught numerous courses at Stanford University on design thinking to create social impact, technology’s disruption of the social sector and grantmaking. Laura is the Founder and Board Chairman (2006–present) of Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society (PACS), a global research center committed to exploring ideas and strategies for the social change sector and publisher of the award-winning Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR).

Laura is the Founder, Chairman Emeritus and former Chairman (1998–2008) of the Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2), a venture philanthropy fund of over 200 individuals and families who leverage their financial, intellectual and human capital to fund and scale innovative nonprofits. To date, SV2 has made more than 115 grants to and investments in Bay Area nonprofits and social enterprises, providing more than $6.5 million in funding. Laura’s New York Times bestselling and award-winning book, Giving 2.0: Transform Your Giving and Our World (Wiley, 2011), empowers people of all backgrounds, ages and passions to give their time, money, networks and expertise with greater impact. Laura has written for The Washington Post, Worth Magazine, T Magazine – The New York Times, the Huffington Post and SSIR. Laura has been profiled in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Forbes, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Vogue. She has been featured on Charlie Rose, CNN with Erin Burnett, MSNBC with Dylan Ratigan and CNBC Power Lunch.

Laura is a trustee of the National Gallery of Art and a Co-Founder and President of the Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation. She is Director of the Arrillaga Foundation and a board member of the Robin Hood Education + Technology Fund. She is a former trustee of Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Sand Hill Foundation, Hoover Institution, Castilleja School, Menlo School, Eastside Preparatory School and San Francisco Art Institute. In addition to receiving numerous California philanthropy awards, Laura was a 2005 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute; received the 2005 President’s Volunteer Service Award from the Points of Light Foundation; was honored with the World Affairs Council’s Global Philanthropy Forum 2011 Global Citizen Award, as well as was awarded the 2014 Commonwealth Club Distinguished Citizen Award.

Laura holds an MBA from the Stanford GSB, as well as an MA in Education, BA and MA in Art History all from Stanford University. In total Laura holds five degrees from Stanford including one conferred by Bing Nursery School, where she graduated with honors by consuming vast quantities of Play-Doh under the crafts table. Laura finds immense joy in dancing (by herself or with others), perennial mistletoe, sea salt flakes and her all-black wardrobe. She lives with her trophy husband, technology entrepreneur and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen, near Stanford University. Together they are obsessed with books, art, the golden age of television and laughing to the point of incapacitation. Inspired by their five-year old son, they are raising two vivacious garden snails (Phillipe and Augustine) and are excitedly planning their move to a home built entirely of Legos and snap circuits.

Academic Degrees

  • MA in Art History, Stanford University, 1999
  • MA in Education, Stanford University, 1998
  • MBA, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 1997
  • BA in Art History, Stanford University, 1992

Academic Appointments

  • At Stanford University since 2001
  • Lecturer in Public Policy, Stanford University, 2003-present
  • Lecturer in Education, Stanford School of Education, 2003-present
  • Visiting Scholar, Haas Center for Public Service, 2005-2008
  • Public Affairs Fellow, Hoover Institution, 1996-1997

Professional Experience

  • Founder, Chairman Emeritus and Former Chairman, SV2 (Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund), 1998-present
  • Founder and Board Chairman, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, 2006-present
  • Trustee, National Gallery of Art
  • Board Member, Robinhood Learning and Technology Fund
  • Co-founder and President, Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation, 2011-present
  • Director, Arrillaga Foundation, 1995-present

Awards and Honors

  • Distinguised Citizen Award, Commonwealth Club, 2014
  • Global Citizen Award, World Affairs Council, 2011
  • Outstanding Silicon Valley Philanthropist, Children and Family Services, 2009
  • President's Award for Volunteer Service, Points of Light Foundation, 2005
  • Henry Crown Fellow, Aspen Institute, 2005
  • Silicon Valley Philanthropist of the Year, 2000


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Board of Directors

  • Current, Marc and Laura Andreessen Foundation
  • Current, Arrillaga Foundation
  • Former, Sand Hill Foundation
  • Former, Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Former, Hoover Institution

Advisory Board

  • Former, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
  • Former, Stanford University School of Education


  • Former, Castilleja School
  • Former, Eastside College Preparatory School
  • Former, Menlo School
  • Former, San Francisco Art Institute
  • Former, Children's Health Council

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