Jehan Benton-Clark

Portfolio Director
Priority Areas I Work In:

Advocacy | Community Solutions | Capacity Building | Locally-focused Work

Collaborating with communities and building collective vision are Jehan’s passions and her life’s work. She knows that starting with health paves the way for a lifetime of possibilities. When Jehan joined the Foundation in 2016, she brought that perspective with her, and is committed to guiding our staff to interact with, listen to and learn from the communities we serve.

Before joining the Foundation, Jehan worked in some of North Carolina’s lowest income communities, overseeing a long-term, place-based philanthropic initiative to improve the health of their residents. She knows that philanthropy has the potential to have a profound impact on communities — not only economically — but also by creating a culture shift or a social movement.

As she gets to know our beautiful state, Jehan spends much of her time traveling throughout urban and rural Colorado meeting with people who share why they love their communities and what might be done to improve them.

A lifetime member of Girl Scouts and former troop leader, Jehan loves to get out in the natural environment. She enjoys exploring outdoor activities in Colorado, especially hiking in Rocky Mountain National Park with her husband, Damian, and daughter, Sloane.

To stay healthy herself, Jehan regularly gets a massage. However, in moderation, milkshakes and Netflix binges are also allowed.


BA Economics & Political Science — University of North Carolina

Master Social Service Administration — University of Chicago

Bank One Leadership in Community Schools Fellow

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"Health and healthy living provide a solid foundation for the possibilities of one’s life."
Jehan Benton-Clark