Chief Innovation and Strategy Officer

Marilu Hastings is chief innovation and strategy officer for the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin. She is the former vice president, sustainability programs at CGMF.

As CISO of the foundation, Marilu is strategic philanthropic advisor to the board, CEO, and program staff with the charge to take an entrepreneurial approach that complements the work of the foundation’s core programs and mission by identifying and seeding emergent, disruptive, and breakthrough sustainability solutions and opportunities. She also directs CGMF’s Mitchell Innovation Lab and Philanthropy Accelerator, a varied portfolio of breakthrough sustainability ideas and opportunities that the foundation develops and incubates.

Marilu convenes high-profile, collaborative efforts to promote Texas’s transition to sustainability, including initiatives to protect habitat and species from energy sprawl, address ongoing drought and water management challenges, foster sustainability education curriculum and practices, and adopt clean energy policies. She is also a sought-after strategic and organizational-development advisor to non-profit organizations, foundations, and academic organizations.

Marilu leads a number of national efforts with other prominent U.S. foundations to develop environment grantmaking strategies, define program evaluation protocol, and co-convene conferences and workshops on key issues related to water, natural gas, clean energy, and sustainability science. Marilu serves as a member of the National Petroleum Council at the Department of Energy.

Prior to the foundation, Marilu held leadership positions from 1996 to 2008 at the Houston Advanced Research Center, a non-profit research organization founded by George P. Mitchell. Her work focused on enhancing the integration of social sciences into environmental decision-making. She analyzed the dynamics of environmental decision-making within the oil & gas industry, especially in sensitive and remote environments.

Marilu is a member of the Energy Institute Advisory Board of the University of Texas at Austin; a member of the Advisory Board of the Bureau of Economic Geology at the University of Texas at Austin; a member of the Science Advisory Board of the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago; and a trustee of the Regional Endowment for Sustainability Science. Marilu is a Fellow of the Houston Advanced Research Center. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Roundtable on Science and Technology for Sustainability, as well as a member of the Academy’s Roundtable on Unconventional Oil & Gas.

Marilu earned a Bachelor of Arts in economics and political science from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.  


Marilu Hastings

Board & Officers

Katherine Lorenz


Nichelle BielinskiSarah MitchellMarita MirzatunyDrew Nelson

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