Kathy Gu


Purpose Partnerships Lead

Kathy builds connections between companies and communities to catalyze change and impact. She is currently leading Pinterest’s impact strategy and partnerships with a focus on emotional wellbeing. Prior to Pinterest, Kathy led the Hewlett Packard Enterprise Foundation and HPE’s corporate community investment strategy. At HPE, Kathy launched HPE Gives, which distributed more than $35M during her time there, along with a number of other initiatives, including an employee-nominated grants program and HPE Accelerating Impact.

In addition to her in-house corporate roles, Kathy also has rich experience in the philanthropy and nonprofit sector. She previously consulted for companies on corporate responsibility at Silicon Valley Community Foundation and led corporate and foundation partnerships for City Harvest, an anti-hunger nonprofit in New York City. Data and process-minded from the get-go, Kathy started her career in finance and change management at Barclays, where she was actively involved with company volunteering.

She is on the Board of Directors for the Association of Corporate Citizenship Professionals, where she serves on the Program Committee to advocate for development and DEI within the corporate impact profession. Passionate about economic opportunity and food justice, Kathy is also on the Board of Directors of Farming Hope, an organization in San Francisco that provides garden-to-table job training, feeds the community, and rescues excess food. A lifelong learner, Kathy is usually tackling multiple books, listening to a podcast, or taking yet another course.