Jamaica Maxwell


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Jamaica is the director of the Organizational Effectiveness and Directed Grantmaking Program at the Foundation. In this role, Jamaica oversees the OEDG team and our grantmaking to support strong leaders, organizations, networks, and movements. The OEDG team believes that one of the most powerful pathways to transformational change in our world is investing in the strength of leaders and organizations, who are the heart of all social change efforts. We work across the Foundation’s issue areas and global geographies in Asia, South America, North America, and Africa.

Jamaica joined the Packard Foundation in 2013 as a program officer for the Organizational Effectiveness program. In this role, she launched the development of cohort capacity building projects and managed organizational development support to Reproductive Health and Conservation and Science grantees.  Jamaica has also played an important role in the work of both OE and the Foundation on diversity, equity, and inclusion. Previous to joining the Foundation, Jamaica spent 11 years at California Environmental Associates (CEA), where she gained deep experience providing strategic and organizational guidance to nonprofits, foundations, and businesses, with particular expertise in climate change, biodiversity conservation, and food systems. In addition, Jamaica also ran her own organizational development consulting firm and served as the founding program director for the Roots of Change Fund, a collaborative working to increase the sustainability of California’s food system. Jamaica holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Brown University and a master’s degree in writing from the University of San Francisco. Jamaica lives in San Francisco with her husband and two children. She enjoys volunteering at her son’s elementary school and traveling with her family to beautiful cities and wild places, near and far.