Gary D. Schwartz


Gary D. Schwartz joins NoVo after fifteen years of service at Tides.  He was the founder of the Tides’ New York office and served in many different capacities during his tenure there including Interim CEO before departing in 2014.

Previous to Tides, Gary was the Co-Director of the Fund of the Four Directions based in NYC.  The donor-advised Fund granted in the areas of Environmental & Economic Justice, Native American Communities, and the Leadership of Women and Girls.  He was also previously employed at the Houston Area Women’s Center Rape Crisis Program in Texas and Gay Men’s Health Crisis in New York.  Gary has spent his entire work life in the progressive non-profit arena.

Gary is a Midwesterner whose roots go back to many generations of farming in northeastern Nebraska.  He graduated from Southern Illinois University and attended the New School of Social Research in NYC majoring in Non-Profit Management.

Gary has served on numerous boards of directors including the Texas Abortion Rights Action League, Children of War, Artists for a New South Africa, the Highlander Center and the North Star Fund.  He continues to serve on the Board of the New Field Foundation, based in San Francisco.

Gary oversees a NoVo office in Kingston, NY and the foundation’s work in the areas of Indigenous Communities, Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) and Local Living Economies (LLE).