Vice President of Grants, The New York Community Trust
Patricia Jenny, Vice President of Grants, The New York Community Trust, is the recipient of the 2014 Nicholas P. Bollman Award.
Lauded for working creatively and expansively to solve problems, Jenny was the driving force behind the Local Sustainability Matching Fund and an early supporter of the then-fledgling Funders’ Network. Jenny’s work occurs at “the nexus of community development and the environment where all the thorny issues of the real world play out,” and her interdisciplinary thinking and focus on collaboration are hallmarks of her grantmaking principles.
Jenny joined The New York Community Trust in 1986 and 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 Funders’ Group, 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 & Environmental Funders Network and formerly served on the board of Cause Effective. She worked with Nick Bollman when they co-chaired the Neighborhood Funders Group in its early all-volunteer days. Later, she championed and supported the Funders’ Network, serving on its board from 2002-2008.
Jenny holds a Masters in Regional Planning from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Brown University.
The award was presented to Jenny on March 18th at the 15th Annual Funders’ Network Conference in Boston.
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