Janis Minton

Founder and President

As Founder and President of JMC Philanthropic Advisors (JMC), a Los Angeles-based boutique firm established in 1995, Janis Minton manages long-term grantmaking for family foundations and individual philanthropists. Her ultimate mission is to translate each funder's passion for giving into an effective strategy for change, according to the donor's values, priorities and style.

Being a thought partner for trustees while creating a solid base for decision-making through strategy development is at the core of Janis's work. She is driven to innovate and make a positive impact in all endeavors, big or small. It does not matter if the firm works with a $5,000 budget for micro-grants to youth, or a $5 million budget for stem cell research - it is Janis's belief that it's not how much you give, but HOW you give that makes the difference.

With highly skilled staff and expert partners in a wide range of areas (from health, to education, arts, environment, sciences, veterans, disaster relief, etc.), Janis works both locally and internationally, advising on a sizable annual grantmaking budget while creating diversified portfolios of social investments that can include traditional grantmaking, focused initiatives, research projects, Next Generation efforts, incentive awards, and special projects.

Ms. Minton holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. Her contribution to the non-profit community was recognized in several occasions by The City of Los Angeles, the California State Assembly and the California State Senate.

Janis believes that it is through the give-and-take of long-term relationships that mutual transformation occurs. Each day, she is honored to be given the opportunity to make a difference.

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Cristina Gallegos

Director of Operations
and Programs

With over fourteen years of experience working in the philanthropic field, Cristina Gallegos helps funders make effective community investments that stimulate change. She is a strategist on multi-million dollar grants in a variety of fields ranging from stem cells to early education.

As part of the JMC team, Cristina is a long-term philanthropic advisor to several family foundations and individual philanthropists: The Atlas Family Foundation, Held Family Foundation, The JIB Fund of the Resnick Family Foundation, The Kayne Foundation, Knapp Foundation, RAR Foundation and The Zolla Family Foundation amongst others.

Cristina is responsible for a wide range of programmatic activities, which include due diligence and the creation of grant systems and initiatives. Cristina blends a strong business background focused on strategy and economics with a commitment to social issues, such as services for underserved women and children, reproductive rights, environment and the arts.

Prior to joining JMC, Cristina acted as a pro-bono Program Officer for The Silton-Sturner Family Foundation, managing a portfolio of grants in the areas of Parkinson research, technology education, fine arts, and economic empowerment for disadvantaged countries. In the 1990s, Cristina developed and implemented four complex information technology systems for DHL Worldwide Network Europe and Africa. The resulting systems were subsequently deployed to 22 countries. Born in Romania, she moved to the United States in 1999.

She currently serves on the Board of Ador Copiii, a Romanian organization improving the quality of life for abandoned children. Cristina holds a B.S. in Economics, a B.A. in Psychology and an MBA. She is a pro-bono executive coach for local non-profit leaders and often speaks publicly about the art and science of philanthropy.

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Jessica Bogar

Associate

Jessica Bogar, JMC Associate, handles client project coordination and management, event development, business administration and communications. She provides operational, programmatic, and grant management support for various client projects that cover a wide range of issue areas, including, arts, early childhood development, education, emergency response/disaster relief, environmental, health, veteran's issues, and workforce development.

Jessica has a passion for grantmaking work and initiatives directed towards strengthening communities throughout Los Angeles. She enjoys exploring new and innovative non-profit programs by conducting meaningful site visits and planning Next Generation retreats to assist younger funders to realize their philanthropic goals.

Jessica joined JMC with a background in communications, event planning and fundraising specific to the political arena, including directing statewide fundraising for a gubernatorial candidate in Colorado. She has also served as a Legislative Aide to a former Jefferson County, Colorado state senator, conducting policy research focused on health and human services and handling constituent concerns.

Jessica has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Jessica's compassion for people and involvement with several non-profits in the Denver area, such as The Kempe Foundation, Rocky Mountain Children's Health Foundation, and Urban Peak, is what inspired her to make the leap into philanthropy, where she utilizes her skills to strengthen communities and impact social issues.

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Jennifer Lieberstein

Program Advisor

Jennifer Lieberstein, Program Advisor, has more than a decade of experience working within the non-profit community, and currently focuses her efforts on advising clients on public policy, program management, systems review, and project-related research.

As part of the JMC team, Jen works on a broad range of projects, benchmarking efforts that support cancer outreach and care, looking at innovations in community building efforts and workforce development, researching water and sanitation opportunities, and exploring philanthropic investments in large-scale prize development and environmental conservation. Beyond her research-related and strategy development activities, Jen also provides due diligence throughout all JMC grantmaking processes.

Stemming from a funder's dream to honor hidden angels in the community, in 2011, Jen developed and implemented the pilot of the Halo Award. This is a project of The Carl & Roberta Deutsch Foundation, focused on rewarding 7 of Los Angeles' top volunteers doing exemplary work in their communities and providing support to the agencies where they serve. The award, currently in its 4th year, has invested close to $1 million in financial support and technical assistance to the field of volunteerism.

Prior to joining JMC, Jen was a long-term program officer for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where she guided grantmaking activities for domestic and international projects focused primarily on trachoma elimination, communities affected by AIDS, early childhood development, and the work of Catholic sisters.

Between her time at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and JMC, Jen earned a Master in Public Policy from USC's School of Policy, Planning and Development. She is passionate about women's empowerment programs and improving the quality of life for foster kids and children affected by AIDS.

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Tessa Carmen De Roy

Grantee Collaboratives

Tessa Carmen De Roy has worked in partnership with JMC since 2000 on a variety of projects focusing on building and launching grantee collaboratives.

Tessa helped launch the Westside Infant Family Network and the South Los Angeles Child Welfare Initiative. Both of these projects have increased the capacity and impact of participating organizations to assist families in improving developmental outcomes for their children. Since 2004, she has worked with JMC to structure and manage the College Access and Success portfolio of The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, and has been instrumental in the creation of SoCal CAN, The Southern California College Access Network.

She has more than 20 years experience in early childhood development, K-16 education, community development, and human services. She works within and across the non-profit, philanthropic, and public sectors to improve quality, impact, and sustainability. She holds a Master in Urban Planning, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UCLA.

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Parker Blackman

Special Advisor

Parker has spent more than 20 years working in philanthropy and non-profit cause-related work. His expertise spans a broad range of issues from early childhood development and education reform to environmental protection and social justice.

Working with family foundations to some of the nation's largest foundations such as the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Parker has helped shape their strategic plans, giving priorities, and communications strategies. Parker enjoys working with philanthropists and non-profits to help them take their nascent ideas or programs, develop an appropriate plan for growth, and nurture the model into a successful vehicle for positive social change.

Over his career, Parker has served in a variety of capacities, from grassroots organizer and non-profit executive director to business leader and grant maker. All of these experiences have made him comfortable with change and exploring new ideas and strategies to help philanthropists find the right approach to giving.

Parker is a graduate of Stanford University with a B.A. in U.S. History, and currently serves on the board of directors for three non profits: Coaching Corps, Envision Schools, and Great Non-Profits.

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Divya Venkatachari

Intern

Divya Venkatachari loves learning about human interactions, and how process design can increase efficiency and happiness in the workplace while decreasing stress - and how one might shift perception to transform challenges into opportunities.

As a JMC intern, she derives joy from the intersection of business and philanthropy, learning about ways in which marketing and branding can be supported through the understanding of human needs. Her current focus is on documenting JMC work and creating original content and social media strategies.

With a strong foundation in change management and finance, having formerly worked at Goldman Sachs and Google, Divya is excited to work with JMC in their collective passion to make a difference. Originally from the east coast, Divya earned her B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Maryland, College Park. She is currently pursuing her MBA from the UCLA Anderson School of Management.

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