Jennifer Ryan

Program Officer, Foundation Special Projects


Jennifer is a program officer for the foundation's grantmaking portfolio of cross-foundation special projects.

Jennifer Ryan


As Program Officer for Foundation Special Projects, Jennifer promotes the foundation’s programmatic interests by managing special opportunities grants and flexible funding portfolios, including the President’s Fund, program-wide standalone funds, and foundation-wide memberships and contributions funds.

Jennifer has over twelve years of experience in the philanthropic and non-profit sectors, with an extensive background in program development and operations. Her expertise includes grantmaking, strategic planning and communications, project and team management, management advisory roles, and board support.

Before joining the foundation, Jennifer spent seven years at the Rockefeller-endowed China Medical Board and was chief operating officer of The Equity Initiative, based in Bangkok, Thailand, where she played a key role in a team that designed and launched an Atlantic Fellows leadership program for health equity in Southeast Asia. Jennifer also has a background in academic program development and facilitation from previous positions at the University of Colorado-Boulder and at Harvard’s Asia Center.

Originally from northwestern Pennsylvania, Jennifer earned a B.A. in East Asian studies from Connecticut College and an M.A. from Harvard.