Jenny Chandler

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Jenny Chandler


Managing Director, JusticeAid


Washington, DC


As Vice President for the National Council of Nonprofits in Washington D.C., Jenny enjoys connecting the largest network of charitable nonprofits in the country with resources to advance their missions. Her service to charitable missions spans the spectrum: at various times she has been a program volunteer, staff member, board member, trainer, facilitator, grantmaker, and legal advisor to both charitable nonprofits and private foundations. Jenny has authored numerous blog posts and articles published on the Council of Nonprofits’ website, as well as two texts for nonprofits on human resources best practices and personnel policies. Prior to joining the Council of Nonprofits as Vice President, she served as Senior Counsel and Director of Special Projects for the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, a national nonprofit that helps other nonprofits understand and control risk.

Before diving into all-things-risky, she served as staff to the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector that was convened by Independent Sector to draft recommendations to the IRS, Congress, and the charitable nonprofit community on good governance and self-regulation practices. Between 1999 and 2005 she served as the founding deputy director of the New Jersey program of Probono Partnership, a pro bono legal program for charitable nonprofits. During her tenure she also chaired the pro bono committee of the NJ State Bar. In 1992 Jenny founded a law practice in New Jersey to focus exclusively on serving charitable nonprofits and private foundations. Earlier, as an associate with Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch, the precursor firm to Day Pitney, her areas of concentration were employment law and corporate governance. While in private practice and while deputy director for Pro Bono Partnership, Jenny served and chaired numerous national and local boards of directors, including the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers, the Madison area YMCA (Madison, New Jersey), the American Camping Foundation (Indianapolis, Indiana), and Episcopal Community Development (Newark, New Jersey). She enjoys learning about other cultures, and is grateful that she lives in our nation’s capital where she can explore national parks and art museums to her heart’s content.

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