Jennie Curtis is the originating executive director of the Garfield Foundation. Opening its doors in 2001, initially she worked with the trustees to define areas of interest, then helped to further refine the grant making program in subsequent years. In 2003, Jennie proposed that Garfield Foundation trustees consider applying a systems framework (mapping) in at least one sector to better solve a specified entrenched problem and to build stronger collaborative partnerships in both the philanthropic and advocate communities. The selected project focuses on global warming solutions in the Midwest. This project, now called “RE-AMP,” has evolved into a robust network of 140 advocates and funders working across eight states to educate policy makers, increase public engagement and to ultimately move the Midwest to a cleaner, more sustainable energy future.
Jennie serves on the RE-AMP Steering Committee, and chairs its executive committee. In addition, she is a board member and the chairperson for the Funders Workgroup for Sustainable Production and Consumption. Jennie also sits on the advisory board for The Story of Stuff Project.
Before joining the Garfield Foundation, Jennie managed a donor advised fund at the Marion Foundation. Prior to that, Jennie spent ten years managing humanitarian refugee relief programs for International Rescue Committee in Pakistan, Thailand, and Bosnia-Herzegovina. From 1985-1987 she served as a U.S. Peace Corps volunteer in Thailand.