Joanna Jacobson

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Joanna Jacobson is President of the the Jacobson Family Foundation Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit foundation that supports a number of Jewish and pro-Israel causes. She is also a former member of the board of trustees for the David Project and is a member of the advisory council of the Schusterman Center for Israel Studies at Brandeis University.[1]

Jacobson is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners, an organisation which partners with grantees to implement their projects.[2]

The company's website provides the following biography of Jacobson:

Joanna Jacobson is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners. Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive as Product Manager of the US Toothpaste business and for Worldwide New Product Development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy.
Joanna earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. She serves on the boards of Youth Villages, Edward Brooke Charter Schools, The Boston Plan for Excellence, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, UP Education Network, is the Board Chair of Youth Villages MA and sits on the Advisory Board of EdLabs.[3]

According to the company website Strategic Grant Partners have disbursed $62,000,000 to 56 organisations since 2002.[4]

In April 2013, Boston Magazine listed Jacobson at number 17 on their list of 'most influential people in Boston philanthropy'.[5]


In 2011 with Jonathan Jacobson she donated more than $100,000 to the David Project.[6]

In 2013 a further donation of more than $100,000 was made by the pair to the David Project.[7]





  1. Brandeis University Website Advisory Council. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  2. Strategic Grant Partners Website About Us. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  3. Strategic Grant Partners Website About Our Team. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  4. Strategic Grant Partners Website History. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  5. Staff, 'The Power List: The 25 Most Influential People in Boston Philanthropy', Boston Magazine, August 2013, accessed 17 June 2015.
  6. David Project Website David Project 2011 - 2012 Annual Report. Accessed 12 June 2015.
  7. David Project Website David Project 2013 - 2014 Annual Report. Accessed 12 June 2015.