Louise Gund is a theater producer based in Berkeley, California, and one of the heirs to the Gund family fortune.  In 2015, the Gund family was recognized by Forbes as the 80th richest family in America; the year before they were recognized as the 71st with a combined family fortune of $3.5 billion.  Louise has also made a name for herself as an environmental activist, and as a donor to political campaigns and organizations. 
Louise Gund’s father, George Gund II, amassed his family’s wealth in the early 20th century, first by selling the family brewery, then by purchasing Sanka, a decaf coffee manufacturer, which he later sold to Kellogg corporation for $10 million.  Gund used the proceeds of this sale to invest during the Great Depression and in realty across the United States, garnering more than $600 million by his death in 1966. Much of the family fortune was put into the George Gund Foundation where grants have been awarded for the arts, economic development, education, environmentalism, and human services. 
Louise Gund has five siblings, all of whom are active in the arts, finance, and philanthropy. 
Louise’s personal career has been in the theater and production, where she has worked as a photographer,  musician,  and producer.  She obtained a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in Manhattan, New York and later a Masters degree in Holistic Psychology. 
Most of her work has been in Berkeley, California, where she resides and is both a member of and on the board for the Berkeley Community Chorus.  She has also served on the Board of the San Francisco Opera as well as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. 
Louise Gund identifies herself as an environmental activist, and works closely with environmental organizations.  She is an honorary life trustee of the environmentalist litigation group EarthJustice.
Louise Gund has given over $2 million to Democratic Party candidates and committees since 2000, with a large portion going towards United States Representative and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.  Pelosi and Gund have attended the same events in California.