We are a small but mighty
private foundation.

Founded in 1998, when Ruth Ann Harnisch left her career in media for a life centered in giving.
Since then, theHF has been at the forefront of creative, progressive, spirited philanthropy; always
(always!) putting our money where our values are. When you're done perusing our history and
team below, learn more about the how and the why of what we do.

We are a small but mighty
private foundation.

Founded in 1998, when Ruth Ann Harnisch left her career in media for a life centered in giving.
Since then, theHF has been at the forefront of creative, progressive, spirited philanthropy; always
(always!) putting our money where our values are. When you're done perusing our history and
team below, learn more about the how and the why of what we do.

The world I’m working for will support people being fully themselves, developing whatever capacities they care to, identifying and expressing their gender and their roles as feels natural to them.
Ruth Ann Harnisch
The world I’m working for will support people being fully themselves, developing whatever capacities they care to, identifying and expressing their gender and their roles as feels natural to them.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

Our History

Ruth Ann Harnisch has always been a pioneer. Her ceiling-shattering career as a media personality in Nashville, TN was, in many ways, the catalyst for nearly 5 decades of patronage. Two of those decades are encapsulated in the Harnisch Foundation which she created with her husband Bill Harnisch in 1998. Below we’ve provided a snapshot of landmark moments along her journey, though you can find a complete history of our grantmaking here. Enjoy!

1970s

Shattering Glass Ceilings:
Ruth Ann broke through the norms of a MadMen era and became the first woman in Nashville to appear on the evening news set, a privilege only granted to men until then. (She was followed a few months later by newcomer Oprah Winfrey.) In addition to her role as a reporter/anchor, she was a talk show host at WLAC-AM, and a columnist for the Nashville Banner.

1998

A Foundation is Born:
Ruth Ann’s years of reporting on social justice issues and working as a woman in the field inspired her to fund agencies working to empower girls and women, the poor, and others at a disadvantage. In 1998, The Harnisch Foundation was born. It began awarding grants to nonprofits in Tennessee where Ruth Ann resided at the time.

1999

Bold Champion For Equal Rights:
When the local chapter of PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) needed a partner who wasn’t afraid to shock Conservative Nashville with a billboard proclaiming “Someone You Know And Love Is Gay,” they knew who to call.

1999

Investing in Vulnerable Populations:
Who speaks for the people with no political power? Nobody was fighting harder for the rights of the poor than Tennessee Justice Center founder and former Legal Aid lawyer Gordon Bonnyman. Ruth Ann, impressed by his leadership, funded his efforts to hold the state accountable for broken promises to its least powerful citizens.

2000

First Million Dollar Grant:
At a time when it wasn’t common for philanthropists to speak openly about giving, More than Money (MtM) was groundbreaking for “opening the green closet.” This grant allowed them to develop a public platform where the top 5% of wealthholders could connect and learn how to be better stewards of their affluence. The MtM founders also created the 50% League (now Bolder Giving) that inspired the Billionaires Giving Pledge.

2001

Empowering Women With IDAs:
Magdalene, a residential program for women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction, is an excellent example of the transformation that can happen when philanthropists invest early in powerful ideas. By establishing matching funds for Individual Development Accounts, women had the financial means to rebuild their lives. What began as a small organization in Nashville, TN became an international movement to empower survivors.

 

2002

Promoting Microfinance for Women:
The success of IDAs led us to consider how access to independent income could impact women internationally.  By partnering with leading development organization Pro Mujer, we were able to support their efforts to connect women in South America with small microloans. The women business owners were each mutually responsible for paying back the loan, creating a level of accountability and commitment.

2003

Power of the Purse®:
The Women’s Fund was established within The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee in 1994 by a committee of community leaders who wanted to invest in long-term solutions for transforming the lives of women and girls, subsequently improving the well-being of the entire community. An early supporter, Ruth Ann helped to launch The Power of the Purse®, now the major fundraiser of the fund.

2003

Women Moving Millions:
Ruth Ann’s gifts to the Women’s Fund qualified her for membership in Women Moving Millions, an organization of women (and a few good men) each of whom have given one million dollars or more to the advancement of girls and women. Ruth Ann has served on several of the group’s committees and is co-chairing the newly created WMM Film Circle alongside Jacki Zehner. Above, Ruth Ann shares a moment with fellow member and friend, Helen LaKelly Hunt, at a WMM event.

 

2004

Women Donors Network:
 A community of progressive women who multiply their energy, strategic savvy, and philanthropic dollars to build a more just and fair world, WDN addresses many of theHF’s focus areas. Ruth Ann joined in 2002 and recently joined the WDN Media Circle — another place she explores the ways in which storytelling can advance the status of girls and women.

2008

Baruch College Harnisch Scholars:
When one of the most diverse educational institutions in the country created the “Department of Journalism and the Writing Professions,” it was the perfect opportunity for Ruth Ann, a “recovering journalist” and her husband Bill, a Baruch alum, to collaborate. The result: we underwrote StudioH, a new media lab, and provided annual scholarships aimed at empowering new voices in journalism. To date, 75 Harnisch Family Scholars have graduated from the NYC College.

2008

         The Institute of Coaching:             Experiencing the value of professional coaching herself, Ruth Ann recognized a need to invest in academic research for the coaching field. This lead to a 2 million dollar gift to establish the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, a Harvard Medical School Affiliate where Carol Kauffman, PhD serves as Executive Director and Margaret Moore and Susan David as Co-Directors. The mission of the Institute is to build scientific foundation and best practices of leadership, wellness and personal coaching.

2011

EDGE Certified Foundation (formerly The Gender Equality Project):
To be honest, we couldn’t have dreamed when we gave a grant to create systemic change globally that we would see results so soon. Closing the gender pay gap in corporations worldwide isn’t exactly a small feat. Launched as The Global Business Certification Standard for Gender Equality, the first companies — including banking and retail institutions  — have already been certified.

2011

Center for Sustainable Journalism:
Old media was dying as ad spending evaporated. So when Len Witt presented us with the opportunity to give founding funding to the Center for Sustainable Journalism at Kennesaw State University, we were thrilled. The center’s comprehensive reporting on juvenile justice — shared through the online Juvenile Justice Information Exchange and the printed publication YouthToday — has been its most successful enterprise to date.

2011

Founding Partner of SupportTED:
Soon after Ruth Ann (a TED patron since 2006) began supporting the TED Fellows program, she saw an opportunity to embolden it through coaching. Alongside cofounder Renee Freedman, they developed SupporTED, a pro bono coaching initiative. Later, SupporTED spawned the SupporTED Collaboratorium, a four-day intensive where teams of coaches and other professionals offer their knowledge, talents, and ideas to Fellows. And did we mention it was free!

2013

Exploring Disruptive Philanthropy: 
When we found out there was an organization with chapters that distributed a series of monthly no-strings-attached $1,000 grants to projects and their creators, we knew we had to be involved! Our chapter, Awesome Without Borders, has a number of unique attributes and buckets full of wacky grantees. We wanted to explore the relationship between microgiving, diverse portfolios, and impact. So far, so awesome.

2014

Sundance Women
Filmmakers Initiative:

Our belief that media by and about women is one of the most effective ways to shift cultural norms and raise awareness made our partnership with the Sundance Institute a natural fit. A longtime patron, Ruth Ann has given grants to the Sundance Women Filmmakers Initiative and recently established a program of professional coaching for each of the female filmmakers selected for the SWFI program.

2015

The Future of theHF:
As you can tell, it’s an exciting time for us! Our renewed commitment to girls and women has revived the excitement and passion we feel for our philanthropy. Curious what we’re up to? Start by checking out the films we’re supporting, our sponsorship of Chicken & Egg Pictures’ new Diversity Initiative, the upcoming BinderCon Conference and our Founder’s Blog. We also recommend signing up for our newsletter and joining us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!

Our Team

Ruth Ann Harnisch

A “recovering journalist,” Ruth Ann started out as a teen deejay in her native Buffalo, NY. Her media career spanned three decades and includes Emmy-nominated television reporting, becoming the first woman to anchor Nashville, TN’s CBS-TV affiliate, hosting a daily talk-radio program on WLAC-AM, and 17 years as a columnist for the Nashville Banner.

After retiring from journalism, Ruth Ann chaired the board of More Than Money, a national nonprofit assisting top wealth-holders in “putting their money where their values are”. The organization’s coaching program piqued her interest in the emerging field and, before long, she had joined the International Coach Federation and the International Association of Coaching. Ruth Ann went on to serve on IAC’s Board of Governors, the board of the Thomas J. Leonard Foundation, and to co-found both The Foundation of Coaching and The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Her deep belief in the power of professional coaching also drove her to become an IAC Master Certified professional coach herself.

Ruth Ann’s other philanthropic endeavors include serving on Sigma Delta Chi Foundation’s Board of Trustees and joining a myriad organizations including: the International Women’s Forum, Rachel’s Network, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Women Donors Network and Women Moving Millions. She is a lifetime member of the Broadcasters Foundation and an enthusiastic patron of TED.

Recently described as the “the punk rock fairy godmother of feminism,” Ruth Ann splits her time between her pro bono practice and her work with the Harnisch Foundation. While you may have a tough time grabbing ahold of her Awesome Cape, which flies along the coast between the Hamptons and the Bahamas, the shimmer of her philanthropy can be seen far and wide. She is married to William F. Harnisch, president and CEO of Peconic Partners, an investment management firm with offices in New York City and Long Island, and co-founder of the Harnisch Foundation.

I work every day to apply my money and my moxie to the biggest problem in the world – untapped capacity. In my coaching, my grant-making, and my donor activities and organizations, I want to help people discover how much they’ve got and how to make the most of it for themselves and for others.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

Bill Harnisch

William F. Harnisch is the Chief Investment Strategist at Peconic Partners, managing all aspects of the firm’s investment process. Bill began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1968 (later known as Chase Investors Management), where he was Vice-President responsible for Special Equity Investments.  He joined Forstmann-Leff Associates (FLA) in 1978 when the business managed $300 million.  He began managing FLA in 1984, eventually managing assets of over $5 billion, and became the majority shareholder in 1989. With a strong history in absolute return, FLA entered the hedge fund business in 1986.  The long-only business was sold in 1997, and Mr. Harnisch left FLA at the end of 2004 to form Peconic Partners and concentrate on the hedged product.

Bill has a B.B.A. from Baruch College of the City University of New York and took M.B.A. courses at New York University.  He was awarded a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1977.  He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the CFA Institute, the National Association of Petroleum Analysts, the New York Academy of Sciences, the World Presidents Organization, and the Chief Executive Organization.  His opinions on markets and stock selection have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg News, and among many other international publications.

Bill, an active philanthropist, founded the Harnisch Foundation in 1998 with his wife Ruth Ann. He also manages the William F. Harnisch Foundation and is a member of the Baruch College Fund board.

My goal in philanthropy is to help bring about change. I enjoy investing time and money in people and ideas, and it’s rewarding when the impact is greater than the gift itself.
Bill Harnisch

Jennifer Raymond

Jenny Raymond serves as Executive Director of the NYC-based Harnisch Foundation. Working hard to support and unleash more awesome in the world, Jenny has collaborated with Ruth Ann and theHF for over 15 years. From investigating sustainable new models in journalism to trumpeting multi-vehicles for the empowerment of women and girls, Jenny has been on the forefront of creative philanthropy. Among her specialties: coaching grant recipients in the fine art of cultivating relationships with funders in order to create long-lasting partnerships.

In addition to her work as a connector, Jenny performed as a professional classical oboist as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. She is currently on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Jenny received her undergraduate joint degrees from Columbia University (Barnard College) and The Juilliard School, and completed her graduate work at Yale University and Carnegie Mellon University. She relishes wearing many hats. Jenny resides in New York City with her husband, award-winning interactive media designer Jake Barton, and young children, Dexter and Pippa.

Our HF mojo is fueled by energy and acumen. We think of money as energy, and that energy helps make concrete things happen out of worthy ideas. And, we’re using our acumen to detonate the narrative boxes that have held girls and women captive for far too long. Looking forward to the day when we look back and see that our mojo towed icebergs!
Jennifer Raymond

Carla Blumenthal

Carla serves as the Program Manager for Funny Girls. As a child and teenager, she was heavily involved in community theatre in her hometown outside of Philadelphia. Combining her love for theatre and desire to empower girls to feel confident and whole, Carla is incredibly excited to give shape to the Funny Girls program. Currently, Carla runs tea+purpose, an organization that hosts tea groups for women in their 20s and 30s to connect more deeply with themselves in community with others. Previously, Carla worked at KIND Snacks, the socially-conscious health foods company, where she lead all social media activities and campaigns. She started her career at MRY, a social media agency, where she lead campaigns for clients such as Microsoft, Visa, and Women Deliver’s crowdfunding platform Catapult. In the past, she’s volunteered extensively with She’s the First and was a co-founder of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, Eat Down Tip Up, featured on CNN and the New York Post. Carla holds an M.A from Emerson College’s Global Marketing and Advertising program and a B.A from James Madison University. She resides in Brooklyn.

 

theHF has a history of investing in strong female leaders who challenge our perspectives, create change, and build a brighter world. I’m thrilled to collaborate on our first program that will ignite that potential in younger girls, creating the emotionally intelligent leaders of tomorrow.
Carla Blumenthal

Jocelyn Ban

Jocelyn serves as the Marketing and Communications Specialist working across the organization to harness the power of strategic communications to advance The Harnisch Foundation’s mission.

Prior to joining, Jocelyn led communications efforts across issue areas, including women’s health and rights, civic engagement, and gender equality. She spent several years at Purpose, a social impact agency, working with nonprofits and foundations on strategic communications, social justice public awareness campaigns, and digital strategy. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation, she advanced an integrated organizational communications and content strategy while working closely with grantees and partners throughout Latin America.

She grew up in the New York Hudson Valley, graduated from Syracuse University, and currently resides in New York City.

Working at the intersection of philanthropy and media has the promise and potential to elevate the voice of diverse storytellers and create new cultural norms. Every day I look forward to giving wide attention to overlooked issues and amplifying the innovative work of our grantees.
Jocelyn Ban

Ruth Ann Harnisch

A “recovering journalist,” Ruth Ann started out as a teen deejay in her native Buffalo, NY. Her media career spanned three decades and includes Emmy-nominated television reporting, becoming the first woman to anchor Nashville, TN’s CBS-TV affiliate, hosting a daily talk-radio program on WLAC-AM, and 17 years as a columnist for the Nashville Banner.

After retiring from journalism, Ruth Ann chaired the board of More Than Money, a national nonprofit assisting top wealth-holders in “putting their money where their values are”. The organization’s coaching program piqued her interest in the emerging field and, before long, she had joined the International Coach Federation and the International Association of Coaching. Ruth Ann went on to serve on IAC’s Board of Governors, the board of the Thomas J. Leonard Foundation, and to co-found both The Foundation of Coaching and The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Her deep belief in the power of professional coaching also drove her to become an IAC Master Certified professional coach herself.

Ruth Ann’s other philanthropic endeavors include serving on Sigma Delta Chi Foundation’s Board of Trustees and joining a myriad organizations including: the International Women’s Forum, Rachel’s Network, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Women Donors Network and Women Moving Millions. She is a lifetime member of the Broadcasters Foundation and an enthusiastic patron of TED.

Recently described as the “the punk rock fairy godmother of feminism,” Ruth Ann splits her time between her pro bono practice and her work with the Harnisch Foundation. While you may have a tough time grabbing ahold of her Awesome Cape, which flies along the coast between the Hamptons and the Bahamas, the shimmer of her philanthropy can be seen far and wide. She is married to William F. Harnisch, president and CEO of Peconic Partners, an investment management firm with offices in New York City and Long Island, and co-founder of the Harnisch Foundation.

I work every day to apply my money and my moxie to the biggest problem in the world – untapped capacity. In my coaching, my grant-making, and my donor activities and organizations, I want to help people discover how much they’ve got and how to make the most of it for themselves and for others.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

Bill Harnisch

William F. Harnisch is the Chief Investment Strategist at Peconic Partners, managing all aspects of the firm’s investment process. Bill began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1968 (later known as Chase Investors Management), where he was Vice-President responsible for Special Equity Investments.  He joined Forstmann-Leff Associates (FLA) in 1978 when the business managed $300 million.  He began managing FLA in 1984, eventually managing assets of over $5 billion, and became the majority shareholder in 1989. With a strong history in absolute return, FLA entered the hedge fund business in 1986.  The long-only business was sold in 1997, and Mr. Harnisch left FLA at the end of 2004 to form Peconic Partners and concentrate on the hedged product.

Bill has a B.B.A. from Baruch College of the City University of New York and took M.B.A. courses at New York University.  He was awarded a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1977.  He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the CFA Institute, the National Association of Petroleum Analysts, the New York Academy of Sciences, the World Presidents Organization, and the Chief Executive Organization.  His opinions on markets and stock selection have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg News, and among many other international publications.

Bill, an active philanthropist, founded the Harnisch Foundation in 1998 with his wife Ruth Ann. He also manages the William F. Harnisch Foundation and is a member of the Baruch College Fund board.

My goal in philanthropy is to help bring about change. I enjoy investing time and money in people and ideas, and it’s rewarding when the impact is greater than the gift itself.
Bill Harnisch

Ruth Ann Harnisch

A “recovering journalist,” Ruth Ann started out as a teen deejay in her native Buffalo, NY. Her media career spanned three decades and includes Emmy-nominated television reporting, becoming the first woman to anchor Nashville, TN’s CBS-TV affiliate, hosting a daily talk-radio program on WLAC-AM, and 17 years as a columnist for the Nashville Banner.

After retiring from journalism, Ruth Ann chaired the board of More Than Money, a national nonprofit assisting top wealth-holders in “putting their money where their values are”. The organization’s coaching program piqued her interest in the emerging field and, before long, she had joined the International Coach Federation and the International Association of Coaching. Ruth Ann went on to serve on IAC’s Board of Governors, the board of the Thomas J. Leonard Foundation, and to co-found both The Foundation of Coaching and The Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Her deep belief in the power of professional coaching also drove her to become an IAC Master Certified professional coach herself.

Ruth Ann’s other philanthropic endeavors include serving on Sigma Delta Chi Foundation’s Board of Trustees and joining a myriad organizations including: the International Women’s Forum, Rachel’s Network, the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences, the Radio and Television News Directors Association, American Women in Radio and Television, the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Women Donors Network and Women Moving Millions. She is a lifetime member of the Broadcasters Foundation and an enthusiastic patron of TED.

Recently described as the “the punk rock fairy godmother of feminism,” Ruth Ann splits her time between her pro bono practice and her work with the Harnisch Foundation. While you may have a tough time grabbing ahold of her Awesome Cape, which flies along the coast between the Hamptons and the Bahamas, the shimmer of her philanthropy can be seen far and wide. She is married to William F. Harnisch, president and CEO of Peconic Partners, an investment management firm with offices in New York City and Long Island, and co-founder of the Harnisch Foundation.

I work every day to apply my money and my moxie to the biggest problem in the world – untapped capacity. In my coaching, my grant-making, and my donor activities and organizations, I want to help people discover how much they’ve got and how to make the most of it for themselves and for others.
Ruth Ann Harnisch

Bill Harnisch

William F. Harnisch is the Chief Investment Strategist at Peconic Partners, managing all aspects of the firm’s investment process. Bill began his career at Chase Manhattan Bank in 1968 (later known as Chase Investors Management), where he was Vice-President responsible for Special Equity Investments.  He joined Forstmann-Leff Associates (FLA) in 1978 when the business managed $300 million.  He began managing FLA in 1984, eventually managing assets of over $5 billion, and became the majority shareholder in 1989. With a strong history in absolute return, FLA entered the hedge fund business in 1986.  The long-only business was sold in 1997, and Mr. Harnisch left FLA at the end of 2004 to form Peconic Partners and concentrate on the hedged product.

Bill has a B.B.A. from Baruch College of the City University of New York and took M.B.A. courses at New York University.  He was awarded a Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1977.  He is a member of the New York Society of Security Analysts, the CFA Institute, the National Association of Petroleum Analysts, the New York Academy of Sciences, the World Presidents Organization, and the Chief Executive Organization.  His opinions on markets and stock selection have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, The New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg News, and among many other international publications.

Bill, an active philanthropist, founded the Harnisch Foundation in 1998 with his wife Ruth Ann. He also manages the William F. Harnisch Foundation and is a member of the Baruch College Fund board.

My goal in philanthropy is to help bring about change. I enjoy investing time and money in people and ideas, and it’s rewarding when the impact is greater than the gift itself.
Bill Harnisch

Jennifer Raymond

Jenny Raymond serves as Executive Director of the NYC-based Harnisch Foundation. Working hard to support and unleash more awesome in the world, Jenny has collaborated with Ruth Ann and theHF for over 15 years. From investigating sustainable new models in journalism to trumpeting multi-vehicles for the empowerment of women and girls, Jenny has been on the forefront of creative philanthropy. Among her specialties: coaching grant recipients in the fine art of cultivating relationships with funders in order to create long-lasting partnerships.

In addition to her work as a connector, Jenny performed as a professional classical oboist as a recitalist, chamber and orchestral musician throughout the United States, Western and Eastern Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. She is currently on faculty at the Manhattan School of Music Precollege Division. Jenny received her undergraduate joint degrees from Columbia University (Barnard College) and The Juilliard School, and completed her graduate work at Yale University and Carnegie Mellon University. She relishes wearing many hats. Jenny resides in New York City with her husband, award-winning interactive media designer Jake Barton, and young children, Dexter and Pippa.

Our HF mojo is fueled by energy and acumen. We think of money as energy, and that energy helps make concrete things happen out of worthy ideas. And, we’re using our acumen to detonate the narrative boxes that have held girls and women captive for far too long. Looking forward to the day when we look back and see that our mojo towed icebergs!
Jennifer Raymond

Jocelyn Ban

Jocelyn serves as the Marketing and Communications Specialist working across the organization to harness the power of strategic communications to advance The Harnisch Foundation’s mission.

Prior to joining, Jocelyn led communications efforts across issue areas, including women’s health and rights, civic engagement, and gender equality. She spent several years at Purpose, a social impact agency, working with nonprofits and foundations on strategic communications, social justice public awareness campaigns, and digital strategy. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation, she advanced an integrated organizational communications and content strategy while working closely with grantees and partners throughout Latin America.

She grew up in the New York Hudson Valley, graduated from Syracuse University, and currently resides in New York City.

Working at the intersection of philanthropy and media has the promise and potential to elevate the voice of diverse storytellers and create new cultural norms. Every day I look forward to giving wide attention to overlooked issues and amplifying the innovative work of our grantees.
Jocelyn Ban

Carla Blumenthal

Carla serves as the Program Manager for Funny Girls. As a child and teenager, she was heavily involved in community theatre in her hometown outside of Philadelphia. Combining her love for theatre and desire to empower girls to feel confident and whole, Carla is incredibly excited to give shape to the Funny Girls program. Currently, Carla runs tea+purpose, an organization that hosts tea groups for women in their 20s and 30s to connect more deeply with themselves in community with others. Previously, Carla worked at KIND Snacks, the socially-conscious health foods company, where she lead all social media activities and campaigns. She started her career at MRY, a social media agency, where she lead campaigns for clients such as Microsoft, Visa, and Women Deliver’s crowdfunding platform Catapult. In the past, she’s volunteered extensively with She’s the First and was a co-founder of the Hurricane Sandy relief effort, Eat Down Tip Up, featured on CNN and the New York Post. Carla holds an M.A from Emerson College’s Global Marketing and Advertising program and a B.A from James Madison University. She resides in Brooklyn.

 

theHF has a history of investing in strong female leaders who challenge our perspectives, create change, and build a brighter world. I’m thrilled to collaborate on our first program that will ignite that potential in younger girls, creating the emotionally intelligent leaders of tomorrow.
Carla Blumenthal

Jocelyn Ban

Jocelyn serves as the Marketing and Communications Specialist working across the organization to harness the power of strategic communications to advance The Harnisch Foundation’s mission.

Prior to joining, Jocelyn led communications efforts across issue areas, including women’s health and rights, civic engagement, and gender equality. She spent several years at Purpose, a social impact agency, working with nonprofits and foundations on strategic communications, social justice public awareness campaigns, and digital strategy. At the International Planned Parenthood Federation, she advanced an integrated organizational communications and content strategy while working closely with grantees and partners throughout Latin America.

She grew up in the New York Hudson Valley, graduated from Syracuse University, and currently resides in New York City.

Working at the intersection of philanthropy and media has the promise and potential to elevate the voice of diverse storytellers and create new cultural norms. Every day I look forward to giving wide attention to overlooked issues and amplifying the innovative work of our grantees.
Jocelyn Ban