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March 23, 2016

Jerome D. Grant Named Executive Director

Friends New York Begins New Era

Jerome D. Grant has over 20 years of not-for-profit and management experience in New York City.  He has worked in global and national environments as well as in the Harlem community.

Most notably, Jerome spent 10 years at the YWCA of the City of New York – a $10M organization dedicated to women’s empowerment and eliminating racism that serves over 2,500 woman and children each year.  As their former Vice President for Development and External Affairs, he partnered with program and finance staff, and the board of directors to deliver and fund early childhood, out-of-school time, middle and high school programs that focused, in part, on homework help, academic enrichment, Common Core, STEM, gardening and healthy eating, college prep and career exploration. 

Starting his career in arts administration, Jerome has managed million-dollar marketing, sponsorship, development and membership campaigns for City Center, American Ballet Theatre and Dance Theatre of Harlem.  He has also been part of a global fundraising team that is moving the world to protect animal at World Animal Protection.

Growing out of his years of development work, Jerome is most proud of his ability to build strong relationships with staff, donors, the board of directors, community leaders, volunteers and various key stakeholders – all in support of the organization’s mission.

Jerome is thrilled to be joining the Friends NY team. He looks forward to leading the organization towards the Friends NY’s mission of generational change, one child at a time.