Meet Lester, one of our Partners.
Lester Olmstead-Rose (he/him) is firmly rooted in his experience at every level of nonprofit operations. Over his career he has spent time within nonprofits as a program manager and Executive Director and has served on multiple boards. He has also been responsible for providing grants to nonprofits as part of a Fortune 500 company. Each day, Lester takes those experiences — and the new experiences he’s enjoyed working with hundreds of nonprofits in scores of fields — and applying them to help his current clients. It’s exciting for him to share ways of thinking and relevant learning in new ways to help individual organizations and the nonprofit sector advance.
Prior to joining La Piana in 2005, Lester was director of government and public affairs at Pacific Gas & Electric Company and served as executive director of Community United Against Violence. He was also the legislative assistant to San Francisco County Supervisor Angela Alioto.
Lester knows he has helped a client increase its impact when he sees an organization adapt and grow over time – particularly, as he has seen time and time again, as organizations learn more and more about the community’s needs and how to adapt their strengths to better meet those needs.
- Stanford University, BA: Religious Studies
- Golden Gate University, MBA
Outside of Work
Lester likes to lay low in order to recharge his batteries, going somewhere physically or intellectually, that is an escape. Lester likes to be challenged in ways that are very different from the challenges of client work: exploring new ideas through the performing arts or new countries through travel. He especially enjoys going to the ballet or other dance performances, something he learned from his mother who was a dancer and dance teacher.