Jeff is nationally-recognized for his extensive service in the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors, with specific expertise in family and private foundations. An accomplished grantmaker, executive and advisor, Jeff’s experience is deeply rooted in philanthropic practice, education grantmaking (K-12 & higher education), civic affairs, community and economic development, youth issues and nonprofit management.
As founder and CEO of Strategy + Action/Philanthropy, since 2006 he has helped foundations, nonprofits and institutions around the country become catalysts for change in the communities and causes they serve.
Jeff is also Foundation Coordinator for The Doll Family Foundation of Shaker Heights, Ohio.
As past president of The Raymond John Wean Foundation, he led a strategic review that resulted in a sustainable management and operations infrastructure, a streamlined grantmaking process, and a set of grant priorities and strategies. He launched several new and re-imagined initiatives to create greater impact in the Foundation’s target communities–including a program to increase the number of college-bound youth; an economic competitiveness effort to build an inclusive approach to talent development; and a community-based drive to strengthen youth development and recreation opportunities.
Previously, he managed an annual education grantmaking portfolio of up to $5 million at The George Gund Foundation in Cleveland; he served as Program Officer for Civic Affairs for The Nord Family Foundation and Program Officer for Youth Development at The Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust.
Jeff is a board and faculty member of Exponent Philanthropy, the philanthropic sector’s largest membership organization, and has been a mentor for its Next Generation Fellows Program. He has served on the boards of Grantmakers for Education and the regional association of grantmakers in Ohio; and was a founding board member of Philanthropy for Active Civic Engagement.
He has co-written philanthropic articles and booklets for the National Center for Family Philanthropy, Indiana Grantmakers Alliance, Grantmakers for Education, and Exponent Philanthropy, and has been appointed to state boards and commissions in Ohio and Arizona.
Jeff lives in Tucson, Arizona, where you’ll often find him on his bike exploring what’s around that next turn.