Mark Lampert and Susan Byrd

NET WORTH: Unknown


FUNDING AREAS: Youth Development & Academic Enrichment, Global, TBD

OVERVIEW: Mark Lampert and his wife Susan Byrd move philanthropy through the Lampert Byrd Foundation. Lampert and Susan have interests in education and youth in the San Francisco Bay area and also in bringing global projects to scale. The foundation has not been particularly accessible but plans to set up a website. 

BACKGROUND: Mark N. Lampert holds an A.B. in chemistry from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Since 1984, he has engaged in ventures relating to the biotechnology industry. Lampert was a vice president at Oppenheimer & Co. and went on to found BVF Partners, a San Francisco-based private investment partnership specializing in fundamentally-driven public biotechnology investments.


YOUTH DEVELOPMENT & ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT: A major initiative of the Lampert Byrd Foundation is Youth Opportunity Scholarships (YOS), in partnership with Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. YOS "helps kids take part in activities of their choosing that help forge identity, inspire grit and develop a sense of agency." Partners include Aim High, Gateway Middle School, KIPP Bridge, and Enriching Lives Through Music (ELM).  The Lamperts, via their foundation, have also recently supported Harvard University.  It's worth noting that Susan is a clinical social worker.

GLOBAL: On the global scale, Lampert and Susan sponsor Unorthodox Philanthropy (UP), which "funds social impact ideas that have the potential to achieve outsized impact with a finite amount of philanthropic capital." The Lamperts have supported myAgro, which a "nonprofit social enterprise that enables smallholder farmers to use their mobile phones to pay on layaway for high-quality inputs (seeds, fertilizer) and agricultural training." 

SAN FRANCISCO COMMUNITY: The couple is based in the Bay Area and have supported places like San Francisco Green Film Festival, and Community Initiatives.

LOOKING FORWARD: In a recent year, all $1 million in grantmaking from the foundation went to a donor advised fund at Vanguard Charitable. A previous year tells a similar story. This makes the full scope of the Lamperts' current giving tough to get a handle on. However, the newly renamed Lampert Byrd Foundation expects to have a website and a more public profile. Apart from these focus areas, the foundation is also developing and environmental portfolio. For now, Unorthodox Philanthropy is the best bet for incoming proposals.


The Lampert Byrd Foundation does not provide a clear avenue of contact but below is an address:

Lampert Byrd Foundation
2415 Green St.
San Francisco, CA  94123