(Originally published on the Stanford Social Innovation Review Blog) At the Peery Foundation, we think of grantees as our customers and act accordingly. We’re not investing enough resources on our own…
Dave Peery manages the day-to-day operations and overall strategy of his family’s foundation. After joining his sister Jennifer for a trip to India in 2003 to visit a micro-finance institution and its clients, his interest in the potential of the foundation began to grow. After spending some time in the family’s commercial real-estate business, Dave made the transition to full-time philanthropy in 2008. Since then, he has been responsible for translating the family’s values into the overall approach of the foundation, and laying the groundwork for a growing organization.
Jessamyn Lau joined the Peery Foundation as its first staff member in 2009, helping to shape the foundation’s initial strategy and portfolios. Currently, as Interim Executive Director, Jessamyn is responsible for developing the Peery Foundation team, strengthening overall strategy, and assessing impact across the foundation’s portfolios. Jessamyn continues to utilize her experience as part of the founding Ashoka U team in her hands-on role building social innovation programs and curriculum as an Advisory Board Member of BYU’s Ballard Center. Jessamyn has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts London and an MBA from Brigham Young University.
Avani Patel joined the Peery Foundation as Local Portfolio Director in November of 2013. Her career in education started through Teach for America as a teacher in East Palo Alto. She has worked in both traditional and charter school systems and has served as a school site and district administrator in the Ravenswood City School District. She graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Sociology and African & African American studies. In addition, she pursued her Masters in Education and is currently a doctoral candidate in the field of Educational Leadership. With her experience and knowledge, Avani will help build upon and strengthen the foundation’s contribution to closing the opportunity gap in East Palo Alto.
Lanée Jensen joined the Peery Foundation team as Program Assistant in September of 2011. Her time spent abroad in developing countries and work with an NGO in China prompted her to seek a career in the social sector. Lanée is responsible for supporting the team in serving the Peery Foundation’s grantees. She earned a BA in Comparative Literature and Spanish from Brigham Young University.