Jehan Benton-Clark

Portfolio Director
Priority Areas I Lead:

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

Jehan 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 a portfolio director and is responsible for developing philanthropic strategy and managing investments and a team of staff 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 our work.  

Before joining the Foundation in 2016, Jehan worked at the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, overseeing a long-term, rural place-based philanthropic approach to improve the health of residents living on low income, as well as oversaw the development and implementation of a comprehensive, statewide mental health and substance abuse strategy. Jehan has previous served as Executive Director of Partners Ending Homelessness, an intermediary responsible for overseeing a public/ private partnership to address housing, homelessness and behavioral health, as well as led health and early childhood education investments at the United Way of Greater Greensboro.

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.

Education

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
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