Jehan Benton-Clark

Portfolio Director
Priority Areas I Work In:

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

Before joining the Foundation in 2016, Jehan worked in some of North Carolina’s most economically disadvantaged communities at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, overseeing a long-term, place-based philanthropic approach to improve the health of their residents. Jehan’s role also included the development and implementation of a comprehensive, statewide mental health and substance abuse strategy.

She knows that philanthropy has the potential to have a profound impact beyond traditional grantmaking by supporting communities to recognize and act on their own ideas and power.

At the Foundation, Jehan serves as portfolio director of community engagement and is responsible for managing philanthropic investments across Advocacy, Community Solutions and Capacity Building priority areas. Jehan also leads the Foundation’s locally-focused work, a place-based philanthropic strategy aimed at bringing health in reach for all Coloradans. In early 2018, this body of work launched in four communities across the state: Alamosa County, Eagle County, Morgan County and the city of Pueblo. Program officers work in each community to facilitate collaboration and connection across various sectors, and aim to elevate the voices of community members in each region who often go unheard.

In her time with the Foundation, Jehan has guided the evolution of the role of program officer from traditional, transactional grantmaking to one that is centered on the importance of relationship-building and authenticity. Jehan’s responsibilities encompass a focus on strengthening the Foundation’s approach to working in rural communities, as well as ensuring health equity is threaded throughout all aspects of the Philanthropy team’s work.  

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 at Chapel Hill

Master of 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