Jessica Eiland Anders

Coming from a community development background, I found that creating equitable communities is insufficient without a youth outlook and perspectives. The next generation needs to be involved in the process of developing their communities in the ways they see fit.

Jessica joined the Skillman Foundation in 2019 as a special projects manager. In her role she works closely with all functions in the Office of the President as well as with external partners to advance the Foundation’s mission in service of Detroit children.

Throughout her career, Jessica has worked extensively in nonprofit management, affordable housing development, project management, community engagement, and partnership development. Prior to working for the Foundation, Jessica worked in St. Louis, Missouri where she held positions as project manager for Rise Community Development, president of Northside Community Housing, and associate director of Skinker DeBaliviere Community Council. Jessica has a master’s degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor’s degree in psychology, urban/community studies, and African & African-American studies from the University of Michigan.

Areas of expertise:
Project management related to organizational excellence; supporting the leadership team on both internal and external projects; overseeing the President’s Youth Council.

How I can help partners:
Funding matters that do not fall under the Program Team; assistance with projects related to organizational excellence; nonprofit management and support.

Some of my favorite things:
Tea, laughter, traveling, reading, and outdoor adventures.

How I reenergize:
Spending time with my husband and family, biking, and yoga.