Rhode Island KIDS COUNT is very pleased to announce that Jessy Donaldson will begin as our new Deputy Director at the end of August. Jessy brings over 15 years of experience providing leadership for an impressive array of child advocacy initiatives at the national, regional and local levels. Since 2015, Jessy has served as Senior Program Officer for Policy at the Nellie Mae Education Foundation managing a portfolio of grants to support New England states in moving toward more student-centered systems of education. She also led the development of a project focused on building a network of state alliances for college and career readiness across the New England region.
Previously, Jessy served as Senior Associate of Policy Reform and Advocacy at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, where she managed the KIDS COUNT state data and advocacy network's policy grants program and supported grantee capacity building activities. Before that, she served as Chief of Staff and Associate Director for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, a collaborative effort by foundations, government agencies, states and communities across the nation to ensure that more low income children are reading at grade-level by the end of third grade. Jessy also worked at Baltimore City Schools where she served as Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff supporting cross-department integration on District reform efforts.
Jessy started out her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan and Jamaica. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Classics from Kenyon College and a Master of Public Health from John Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
We look forward to welcoming Jessy Donaldson to our Rhode Island KIDS COUNT team!