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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Jeff Schaffer

Vice President of Client Services

As Vice President of Client Services at JMC Philanthropic Advisors, Jeff Schaffer draws on a 25-year background in nonprofit management, having worked for both philanthropic and community-based organizations and as a volunteer himself. Much of his experience has entailed working across sectors to develop innovative responses to complex social challenges. He is motivated to seek channels for philanthropic engagement that achieve the desired leveraging of donor investment.

Jeff previously worked as vice president and Southern California market leader at Enterprise Community Partners, where he oversaw programs advancing affordable housing and community development, including partnering with the City of Los Angeles to launch the New Generation Fund, a $50 million lending facility, and Restore Neighborhoods L.A. (RNLA), a nonprofit agency implementing foreclosure response and neighborhood preservation efforts.

Prior to joining Enterprise, Jeff served as assistant vice president for grant programs at the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, where he managed a $60 million grant portfolio including initiatives on chronic homelessness in the U.S. and potable water development overseas. Jeff previously served as associate director at both Beyond Shelter and Shelter Partnership in Los Angeles. He also worked as a public relations account executive and congressional field representative, and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Micronesia.

Jeff earned his undergraduate degree in political science and Spanish literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and a master's degree in public administration from the University of Southern California, where he is an adjunct associate professor at the Price School of Public Policy. He additionally serves on the boards of the TK Foundation, Restore Neighborhoods LA and Angels Nest Transitional Living Program.

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Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi

Administrative Assistant

Yasmeen Al-Mazeedi serves as the JMC Administrative Assistant. A recent college graduate, she has both a B.A. in Political Science and Musical Performance from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Yasmeen has always believed in dedicating her life to helping other people. She comes from a philanthropic family dedicated to nonprofit energy infrastructure initiatives and began her humanitarian career at 16 by being a part of the Japan Task Force, a nonprofit created by her father to address energy challenges generated by the 2011 tsunami crisis. She continued her volunteer efforts through involvements in several music and education initiatives, performing and teaching music in underserved communities, most notably with the Max H Gluck Foundation.

Yasmeen is an accomplished violinist and has played in Germany, Italy, England, Austria, the Czech Republic and the United States. In 2013, she opened the American Music Awards and has worked with successful musicians such as Grammy winner Jason DeRulo and Grammy/Academy Award winner Hans Zimmer. Yasmeen intends to continue use her music as a platform to build impactful multi-media channels that integrate, music, the arts, and journalism to focus humanity on the critical challenges that affect our lives and the ways and means to overcome them.


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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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