What People Say

Serving as Chair of the board under Jennifer’s presidency was one of the best experiences of my life.  Grace, kindness and empathy combined with leadership skills and a studied sense of the community’s needs and resources are the key ingredients of her capabilities.

Virginia Smith, Attorney, Pittsfield, MA
Former Chair, Board of Directors
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Wendy Curtis, Millerton, NY
Former Chair, Board of Directors
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

I cannot think of anyone whose tenure at the helm of a nonprofit organization has had greater impact than Jennifer’s at the Foundation. Her instinctive kindness and formidable management skills make her a sterling leader.

The pleasure of clients was palpable as they came to realize that their sometimes vague or amorphous interests could be refined and articulated so beautifully and addressed so effectively.  Jennifer gave them the tools and the power to make changes in their community in ways personal and meaningful to them and of deep value to our cities and towns.

Mark Gold, Attorney, Pittsfield, MA
Former Chair, Board of Directors
Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation

Ellen Kennedy, Williamstown, MA
Berkshire Community College

Jennifer identified the right people to bring to the table, then guided and supported their efforts so that ownership and pride in the end result was theirs, even though so much of the process and substance were hers.

As a board member, Jennifer focuses on the high ground with strategic insight and integrity.  Her experience with nonprofits and her willingness to study difficult situations to find workable outcomes as well as her empathy and enthusiasm for our mission, all contribute to her enormous effectiveness as a valued advisor.

Dana Prescott, New York, NY
Executive Director
Civitella Ranieri Foundation

David Rich, New Haven, CT
Executive Director
Supportive Housing Works

Jennifer radiates contagious optimism.

I hired Jennifer because I was looking for a leader with deep knowledge and experience who was respected by colleagues. She surpassed all expectations during a challenging period for the arts with her adroit savvy, clear vision and grace.

Susan Clampitt, Washington, DC
Former Deputy Chairman
National Endowment for the Arts

Fritzie Brown
Executive Director
CEC Arts Link

Jennifer’s experience and thoughtfulness contribute to global understanding of complex institutional issues; her diligent work ethic drives forward creative, well informed ideas. These characteristics combine to make her a leader with a rare ability to move an institutional issue from problem to opportunity.