Jean Ross Has Joined the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust As Senior Program Officer
The Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust is delighted to announce that Jean Ross has joined the Bernard and Anne Spitzer Charitable Trust as our new Senior Program Officer. Her portfolio includes grants to organizations working on immigration, health, reproductive rights, and the social safety net.
Jean comes to the Trust from a consulting practice working with private foundation and nonprofit clients on state, national, and global policy matters, with a focus on fiscal and economic policy. Previously, she was a program officer with the Open Society Foundations’ Fiscal Governance Program, focusing on natural resource governance and trade policy. She formerly served as a Program Officer in the Promoting Transparent, Effective, and Accountable Government Initiative at the Ford Foundation, managing the Initiative’s U.S. and global grantmaking. From 1995 to March of 2012, she served as the first executive director of the California Budget Project, a nationally respected budget and policy organization (renamed the California Budget and Policy Center in 2015). Jean also has worked as staff to the California State Assembly’s Revenue and Taxation and Human Services Committees and as assistant research director of the Service Employees International Union, where she coordinated the union’s research activities on fiscal and labor market policies.
Jean’s areas of expertise include policy analysis and development, strategic communications, network building, and organizational development. She has published numerous articles, opinion pieces, and policy reports in publications including the New York Times (online), Berkeley Public Policy Press, National Academy Press, Los Angeles Times, and other publications.