Friday, September 6, 2013
Pat Jenny, a leading expert in grantmaking, has been named Vice President for Grants at The New York Community Trust. Jenny, who had been serving as Acting Vice President, took over this month overseeing annual grants of more than $130 million to organizations in New York City and the suburbs as well as several national grantees. The Trust, celebrating its 90th anniversary next year, funds hundreds of projects, from an after-school rowing program in Queens to those that improve affordable housing across the region. Jenny replaces Joyce Bove, who retired after 35 years.
"We’ll keep emphasizing a strategic approach to make sure the projects we fund fit into a thoughtful, long-range plan to improve the arts, education, health care, the environment and other areas,” Jenny said. She also praised Bove for a “remarkable career dedicated to bettering the quality of life for disadvantaged New Yorkers.”
Jenny, who joined The Trust in 1986, has managed the national and New York City environmental grantmaking program and the local workforce development grants program. She developed two funding collaboratives: New York City Workforce Funders, which is a partner with the City on innovative employment projects, and the One Region Fund, a New York-New Jersey-Connecticut funders group focused on sustainable communities and transportation issues.
She serves on the boards of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and Health and Environmental Funders Network and formerly served on the boards of Cause Effective and the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.
Jenny holds a Master's in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Brown University.