Karyn is the director of the Jacobson Family Foundation. She leads the foundation’s work in Jewish continuity, Israel and special projects in the US in the non-Jewish related issues areas. She’s responsible for identifying great organizations and leaders, developing grants and providing strategic and tactical support to help organizations increase their impact in significant and sustainable ways.
Prior to joining JFF, Karyn was associate vice president of strategy implementation at Combined Jewish Philanthropies, where she managed strategy and grant making for engaging key populations in Jewish life, and led measurement efforts and other strategic projects. She started her career working for the New England Holocaust Memorial and in the direct marketing industry. After business school, she spent nine years as a management consultant in Chicago and Boston with Capgemini focused on growth and customer strategy.
Karyn received a BA in art history from George Washington University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management. She lives in Lexington with her husband, son and daughter.