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Jessica Berns Joins Philanthropy Massachusetts in New Role as Network Vibrancy Director

Post date: 
January 8th, 2019
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AGM Blog Post

Philanthropy Massachusetts is pleased to announce Jessica Berns will start a newly created position at the membership association as Network Vibrancy Director.

The Network Vibrancy Director position will lead efforts to cultivate, convene and support funder groups (foundations, donors, other giving networks) in Massachusetts. In this role, Jessica will foster stronger coordination, collaboration and knowledge sharing among philanthropic organizations and individuals in the region. She will work to connect philanthropy with government, nonprofit organizations, and the business community.

In 2011 Jessica founded her own consulting practice dedicated to social justice and action. She developed formative partnerships on behalf of her clients to advance social change. Jessica's consulting portfolio included work with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), university-based programs, and increasingly, philanthropy, focused on global peace and security initiatives, citizen movements for good governance, and women’s leadership.

“I am excited to debut this new role at Philanthropy Massachusetts. My experience to date provides a strong foundation for building relationships with affinity groups and networks. I look forward to identifying points of connections between philanthropy and other sectors to help create opportunities for shared impact,” Jessica said of her new position.

Prior to founding her consulting practice, Jessica served as Program Director at Coexistence International at Brandeis University and Program Officer for the Americas Department of Transparency International. Jessica currently serves as a Board Member of Re-Imagining Community, Art & Social Transformation (ReCAST) and was recently a member of the Annual Benefit Honorary Committee of Global Oncology (GO).

“I am delighted to welcome Jessica on board at Philanthropy Massachusetts. We will work together to foster learning and strategy within and among the funder community. Jessica brings enthusiasm and passion for building relationships and community to influence change and create positive outcomes,” explains Jeff Poulos, Chief Executive Officer.

Jessica will begin her role at Philanthropy Massachusetts on January 15, 2019.

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About Philanthropy Massachusetts

Founded in 1969, Philanthropy Massachusetts is a diverse and vibrant membership association of highly engaged philanthropic organizations and individuals with interests in Massachusetts. We connect new and established donors, their trustees and staff to each other, to their communities and to emerging and relevant issues in the field. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Philanthropy Massachusetts delivers excellent opportunities in learning, networking, access to resources and tools, skill-building, and community-building and serves as a bridge between funders and fund applicants for better understanding, efficiency and impact. As a leading and influential voice and advocate for effective philanthropy, Philanthropy Massachusetts provides access to knowledge and cooperative action that enables our members to create extraordinary value for each other, their grantees and to collectively shape the future of a healthy and vital region. Visit www.philanthropyma.org and follow us on Twitter at @Philanthropy_MA.

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