Lydia Burstyn
Program Assistant

Lydia joined the Foundation’s program team in 2020. As a Program Assistant, she supports all aspects of the Foundation’s grantmaking activities and serves as a main point of contact for applicants and grantees, with a focus on the Education and Youth program areas. Lydia realized her passion for philanthropy while studying at Chico State, where she served on the Student Philanthropy Council and worked for University Advancement, engaging alumni and fundraising for the campus. After graduation, Lydia worked with nonprofit organizations including the San Francisco Ballet, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and Save Mount Diablo. These combined experiences inform Lydia’s appreciation and commitment to the work of our grantees.

Lydia holds a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Chico in Recreation Administration, Parks Management, and Hospitality with a minor in Ethics, Justice, and Policy.