Jean K. Ries is a Program Officer in Organizational Effectiveness. She is responsible for making capacity building grants, specifically focused on grantees in the Children, Families, and Communities, and Local Grantmaking Programs’ portfolios. Jean also supports the Packard Foundation’s Board-directed special grantmaking fund.
Jean’s twenty-year career has been dedicated to organizational effectiveness, helping nonprofits build their core strengths and maximize their impact. Prior to joining the Foundation in January 2017, Jean was principal of JKR Consulting, where she provided leadership advisement services focused on strategy, governance, and strengthening organization’s operations and infrastructure. Prior to that, she was Senior Consulting Director at Olive Grove, a Bay-area based consulting firm, where Jean worked with a diverse base of arts, social service, youth, health, and community-based organizations and their funders, helping them manage change in challenging environments.
Jean is a former Manager of Consulting Services at Fiscal Management Associates (FMA), a national firm supporting the sector from an operational and fiscal management perspective. While at FMA, Jean led projects to assess and strengthen nonprofit organizations on behalf of funders such as the Robin Hood Foundation and the Wallace Foundation. Jean started her career as a grantwriter for the largest victim assistance organization in New York City, Safe Horizon.
In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Directors of RAWDance, a Bay Area-based contemporary dance company, and volunteers at her daughter’s school for the arts education program, Art in Action. Jean also teaches spin classes on the Peninsula. Jean holds a Master in Public Administration from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service and graduated with honors in Women’s Studies and Philosophy from Vassar College.