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Jennifer Ross


MPP '11

Internship helped cement an interest in philanthropy

Jennifer Ross's work as a Sillerman Fellow aligned well with her long-term goals.

Jennifer Ross was a Sillerman Fellow who participated in an internship with the Hyams Foundation in Boston during the summer of 2010.  She completed her MPP in 2011, concentrating her studies in the field of Children, Youth and Families.  While at the Hyams Foundation she applied her knowledge of youth development while working on a capacity building project for the Teen Futures Initiative.  Jennifer is interested in the role foundations can play by increasing the collaboration and resource sharing among the nonprofit community.  She enjoys using evaluation frameworks and outcomes to help nonprofits build their capacity and inform their programming.  The work at the Hyams Foundation aligned well with Jennifer’s long-term goals of working as an intermediary or “connector” in the philanthropic community.

Jennifer attended the University of Colorado at Boulder for her undergraduate education where she majored in Sociology.  Before attending Heller, Jennifer lived in Denver, CO and worked as a Program Coordinator for an employment program for youth with disabilities.  Her work was challenging and she became motivated to decrease fragmentation of social programs for our children, youth and families.  Since attending Heller, her interests in philanthropy have grown since participating in the “Practicing Philanthropy” class and working with the Hyams Foundation. 

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