About Our Team

Your SGP Team Members

Alice Bennett

Portfolio Analyst

abennett@strategicgrantpartners.org  Alice is a Portfolio Analyst for Education, joining Strategic Grant Partners through the Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship. Alice previously worked as an associate consultant at Clarion Healthcare, a Boston-based consulting firm that works primarily with pharmaceutical companies and bio-techs. During her three years at Clarion she played a key role in a variety of strategy, data analysis, and research based projects. Alice holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Middlebury College where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude. She also has a Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Hannah Coleman

Portfolio Analyst

hcoleman@strategicgrantpartners.org  Hannah is a Portfolio Analyst for Education at Strategic Grant Partners. Hannah worked previously as an associate consultant at Parthenon-EY, a management consulting firm, where she worked on strategic projects for a variety of education and private equity clients. She received a BA in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College where she graduated magna cum laude.

John Gorman

Portfolio Analyst

jgorman@strategicgrantpartners.org   John is a Portfolio Analyst for Education at Strategic Grant Partners, having joined through the Education Pioneers Fellowship. Previously, John worked as an associate consultant at Clarion Healthcare, where he worked with clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors on a variety of strategic projects. He received a BA in Economics and English from Williams College.

Crisandra Gray

Office & Grants Administrator

cgray@strategicgrantpartners.org  Crisandra Gray joined Strategic Grant Partners in June 2016 to provide overall general administrative support. Crisandra’s background includes several years of administrative and customer service experience across various business environments. In the past, Crisandra has provided office support at Boston University, as well as MetLife. Crisandra earned her BS from Johnson & Wales University with a major in Computer Network Engineering.

Joanna Jacobson

Founder and Managing Partner

jjacobson@strategicgrantpartners.org  Joanna Jacobson is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners, a venture philanthropy organization that is both a foundation and pro-bono consulting firm. She is also the President of the one8 Foundation.  Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive in product management and worldwide new product development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy.

Ms. Jacobson earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. She serves on the advisory board of EdLabs, and the boards of Youth Villages & YV MA, Edward Brooke Charter School, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Unlocking Potential Education Network.

Stephanie Loder

Executive Assistant

sloder@strategicgrantpartners.org  Stephanie Loder is the Executive Assistant to Joanna Jacobson. She is responsible for calendar management, scheduling, travel arrangements, and for providing overall general administrative support. Stephanie’s background includes over 10 years of administrative experience across several different business environments. She has a strong background in real estate business management and transactions. Prior to a year spent teaching pre-school, Stephanie worked for Gail Roberts of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage as her Executive Assistant. She provided a wide range of comprehensive administrative support for the Vice President and her five-person team, including complete property transaction management from pre-listing to closing. She also managed all documents and communication, incoming inquiries, marketing materials, websites and property schedules. Stephanie earned her BA from Sonoma State University with a major in Music.

Anna Sikorsky

Director of Operations & Administration

asikorsky@strategicgrantpartners.org  Anna is the Director of Operations & Administration for SGP. Before joining SGP, Anna was employed in the field of data management and office administration at the Steamship Authority where she administered a computerized asset management system, creating reports and presentations for management. Earlier in her career, she worked at Boston College in the Dean’s Office for the School of Education. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master of Education degree from Boston College in the area of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation.

Garrett Smith

Portfolio Manager, Education

gsmith@strategicgrantpartners.org  Garrett is the Portfolio Manager for Education at Strategic Grant Partners. Prior to SGP, he was a Managing Director at the District Management Council where he led management consulting projects for public school districts, partnering primarily with urban districts in Massachusetts on human capital strategy and district turnaround. Garrett was formerly a consultant for Bain & Company, where he worked across a wide variety of industries and practice areas. He also worked in policy development at the US Department of Education, as a project manager at Baltimore City Public Schools, and as a consultant to the National Math and Science Initiative. He received a BA in Math and Economics from Williams College and MBA and MPA from Harvard University. Garrett serves on the national board of Building Educated Leaders for Life (BELL).

Barbara Sullivan

Director, Education

bsullivan@strategicgrantpartners.org  Barbara Sullivan is the Education Director for Strategic Grant Partners, managing all K-12 related education grant making. Prior to joining SGP, Barbara was a Senior Principal and a member of the leadership team at the Parthenon Group. While at Parthenon, Barbara led numerous strategic planning engagements and worked closely with educational leaders in states, districts and philanthropic organizations. Before joining Parthenon, Barbara was a Broad Resident in the Boston Public Schools (BPS). During her tenure, Barbara served as Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and spearheaded the redesign of the district’s student assignment process. Barbara was also a consultant for Bain & Company, where she worked primarily with Fortune 500 consumer products and telecommunications companies. Barbara holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from Boston University and a Master’s degree in Business Administration from The Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University. She is a founding member of the boards of UP Academy Charter Schools of Boston and Dorchester as well as the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School.