Joanna Jacobson, Managing Partner
Joanna Jacobson is the founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners. 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 as Product Manager of the US Toothpaste business and for 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.
Joanna earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration at Harvard University. She serves on the boards of Youth Villages, Edward Brooke Charter Management, The Boston Plan for Excellence, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative, is the Board Chair of Youth Villages MA and sits on the Advisory Board of EdLabs.
Stephanie Loder, Executive Assistant
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.
Gregg Miller, Portfolio Analyst
Gregg is a Portfolio Analyst dedicated to three of SGP's principal issue areas – family self-sufficiency, child welfare and getting high risk youth to work and college. He joins Strategic Grant Partners through the Education Pioneers' exciting Analyst Fellowship, a program designed to place early career professionals into leading education organizations to manage strategic, data-based projects. Before coming to SGP, Gregg was an Associate Consultant at Bain & Company where he worked on strategic initiatives in industries spanning retail, consumer packaged goods, industrials, and health care.
Gregg earned his Bachelor's degree at Middlebury College where he majored in English and American Literature.
Katie Rae Mulvey, Portfolio Analyst
Katie Rae is the Senior Portfolio Analyst for Education for Strategic Grant Partners, helping to build the capacity of game-changing K-12 grantees. She comes to SGP also through the Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship. Prior to joining SGP, Kati Rae was a Senior Consultant for Booz Allen Hamilton, where she worked primarily with clients in the aerospace market on strategic planning, performance management, and strategic communications for stakeholder engagement.
Katie Rae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Davidson College.
Brooke McNeill, Office Coordinator
As Office Coordinator, Brooke is responsible for the office needs of both Strategic Grant Partners and the Jacobson Family Foundation. Throughout her college years, Brooke worked at various Co-ops and jobs where she gained her administrative experience. Brooke has worked as an Office Assistant in Northeastern University’s Political Science department, was employed in the role of Legal Receptionist at Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP and intern at the Massachusetts State House.
Brooke earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University majoring in Political Science with a concentration in law and legal studies.
Anna Sikorsky, Operations Manager
Anna is the Operations Manager for SGP, tending to the administrative needs of the organization. Before joining SGP in the fall of 2008, Anna was employed in the field of data management and office administration at the Steamship Authority where she administered a computerized maintenance 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.
Sally Sharp Lehman, Portfolio Manager, Children and Families
Sally Sharp Lehman is the Portfolio Manager for Children and Families for SGP including Child Welfare, Family Self-Sufficiency, Early Childhood and High-Risk Youth Development. Ms. Sharp Lehman comes to SGP with over twenty years of experience in both the non-profit and for-profit sectors. Prior to joining SGP, Ms. Sharp Lehman was Director of Operations at Cradles to Crayons (C2C) where she directed the planning and delivery of programs and operations to serve over 60,000 under-privileged children and engage over 28,000 volunteers annually. While at C2C, she was responsible for developing the strategy and replicable systems to take the organization’s innovative model to scale including working with over 200 partner organizations to develop growth strategies to double the number of children and families served. Before joining Cradles to Crayons, Ms. Sharp Lehman served as Regional Director at both the Jane Goodall Institute and Mass Audubon where she was responsible for strategic planning and implementation, program innovation and development, and all aspects of non-profit management.
Earlier in her career, Sally was a management consultant with Harbridge House, Inc., where she consulted in the areas of strategy, organizational effectiveness, and executive education for Fortune 500 companies across a variety of industries including consumer products, financial services, transportation, aerospace and defense, and building systems. She began her career as an underwriter in the Department of Financial Institutions at the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies in Atlanta, GA, and Tampa, FL.
Sally holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and French from Duke University and a Master’s degree in Management from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Garrett Smith, Portfolio Manager, K-12 Education
Garrett is the Portfolio Manager for K-12 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, Education Director
Barbara Sullivan is the Education Director for Strategic Grant Partners, managing all K-12 related education grant making. Prior to joining SGP, Ms. Sullivan 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, Ms. Sullivan served as Special Assistant to the Chief Operating Officer and spearheaded the redesign of the district’s student assignment process. Ms. Sullivan 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.