About Sean Stannard-Stockton

Sean Stannard-Stockton is a wealth advisor who specializes in serving philanthropic families. His firm, Ensemble Capital Management, is located in Burlingame, CA, midway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley. From 2006 through 2012, Sean authored the Tactical Philanthropy blog and wrote regular philanthropy columns for both the Financial Times and the Chronicle of Philanthropy. In 2012, Sean officially ended the blog to focus on growing Ensemble Capital.

During the time that Tactical Philanthropy was active, it was widely considered the top philanthropy blog. Sean was a sought after public speaker on many different philanthropic issues. He spoke across the United States, as well as in Canada and the UK at leading social sector gatherings. His writing appeared in the Financial Times, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, and the book Mapping the New World of American Philanthropy as well as a number of other publications. You can find an archive of past columns here.

Sean was a member of the Alliance for Effective Social Investing and served on the advisory boards of IDEO.org, Charity Navigator and the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy program. He was also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Philanthropy and Social Investing.

Sean was quoted regularly in the media and his work was the subject of various media coverage. He was quoted or referenced in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Washington Post, The San Francisco Chronicle, BusinessWeek, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and many other media outlets as well as in the books We Are the New Radicals, CauseWired, Leap of Reason and Giving 2.0. You can find a list of press mentions here.

Sean holds a degree in economics from the University of California, Davis as well as the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designations.

While no longer blogging, Sean continues to be active in philanthropy and works with major donors at Ensemble Capital.

He is married with two young children who keep him on his toes.