Jamaica Maxwell is the Deputy Director of the Organizational Effectiveness and Directed Grantmaking program at the Packard Foundation. In this role, she supports the team to invest in the core capacity of the leaders, organizations, networks, and movements at the heart of the Foundation’s issue areas. Jamaica leads OE’s work with the Conservation and Science program’s 12+ strategies in North America, Asia, and Latin America, supporting organizational and movement building approaches to investing in durable, positive change for the ocean and climate. Across the foundation and in the philanthropic field, Jamaica’s areas of focus include movement and power building, equity, and leadership.
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.