Janis Minton

Founder and President

Janis Minton founded JMC Philanthropic Advisors in 1995, and has emerged as a leader in the philanthropic field. She is known for her strength in defining grantmaking initiatives and developing innovative strategies that produce meaningful and lasting change within organizations and the lives of individuals.

Her life-long dedication to the non-profit sector began with a career, building and leading educational and mental health programs, and has evolved into a practice of advising and managing the giving of individual donors, family foundations, and charitable-giving programs. Key to her success is her ability to translate and leverage each donor's values and passion for giving into a clear philanthropic strategy with effective implementation.

With deep expertise in building and managing foundations, a methodology for defining strategic initiatives, and extensive grantmaking experience, she has worked with clients to devise and implement a broad range of philanthropic solutions. Working with a strong network of professional partners, she extends her reach nationally and internationally into education, science and technology, poverty relief, health care and medical research, the arts, entrepreneurship, environment, humanitarian aid and disaster recovery, spirituality, and youth programs.

A hallmark of her belief system is that philanthropy requires the same expertise, due diligence, and clear objectives as any other successful financial investment. She is committed to fostering alliances amongst organizations and donors, and building public-private partnerships, donor collaboratives and consortiums to leverage investments and reduce redundancies.

She serves on the Boards of Play Matters, the Nature's Institute, and the Founding Committee of UC Berkeley's Early Childhood Education Center, and recently concluded service on the Board of the Southern California Grantmakers.

She has created and facilitated ongoing leadership groups including the Next Generation of Women Leaders and Executive Leadership Circle. In 2007, her contribution to the non-profit community was recognized with the YWCA Woman of the Year Leadership & Legacies Award.

Ms. Minton holds a B.A. in Psychology and an M.A. in Human Development and Early Childhood Education. She was the founding director of the Day Care Consultation Project at The Early Childhood Center, an affiliate of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

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Cristina Gallegos

Director of Operations
and Programs

With over fourteen years of experience working in the philanthropic field, Cristina serves as JMC Director of Operations & Programs, assisting funders in their efforts to make effective community investments that stimulate change. Cristina provides Philanthropic Advisory Services for foundation clients and individual philanthropists and is responsible for a wide range of programmatic activities, which include due diligence and the creation of grantmaking strategies, grant systems and initiatives. Her programmatic work is balanced and complemented by her financial and IT management responsibilities.

Prior to joining JMC in 2000, Cristina acted as Program Officer for The Silton-Sturner Family Foundation, managing a portfolio of grants in the areas of cancer research, technology education, fine arts, and economic empowerment for women in disadvantaged countries. Cristina blends a strong business background focused on strategy and economics with a commitment to social issues, such as access to arts and education, services for underserved women and children, reproductive rights and the environment. She is a mentor for Blue Heron Foundation fellows and currently serves on the Board of Ador Copiii, a Romanian organization with a focus on improving the quality of life for Romania’s abandoned children.

Born in Onesti, a small town in Romania, during the communist regime of the dictator Ceausescu, Cristina fought with the hardships and scarcity of communism and worked to improve the quality of life for her community. After the Iron Curtain fell in 1989, she worked to sustain her family while writing her MBA dissertation, “Economics in Transition—Romania Between Total Control and Free Enterprise.” 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. She moved to the United States in 1999.

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Jessica Bogar

Business Administrator

Jessica Bogar, JMC Business Administrator, handles business administration, event and program management, and communications. She tracks grants, manages proposals, and conducts research on projects ranging from child development to global water issues.

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 the Jefferson County, Colorado state senator, conducting policy research focused on health and human services, and handling constituent concerns.

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 the world of philanthropy, where she hopes to to grow and utilize her skills to strengthen communities and impact social issues like environmental conservation, international poverty, and youth homelessness.

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Jennifer Lieberstein

Program Advisor

Jennifer Lieberstein, Program Advisor, has deep connections within the nonprofit community, advising clients on public policy, program management, systems review, and project-related research.

As part of the JMC team, Jen is currently working on the development and implementation of an award focused on community service and volunteerism, benchmarking grantmaking efforts to support cancer research, and exploring philanthropic investments in large-scale prize development, international water issues, and environmental conservation. Beyond these activities, Jen is also working with clients to strengthen their support to grantee organizations.

Prior to joining JMC, Jen worked as a program officer for the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where she guided grantmaking activities for domestic and international projects focused primarily on trachoma elimination, children 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.

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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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