Jessica Brown

“I was drawn to philanthropy—and specifically to The Skillman Foundation—because I wanted to help expand access to a good education and to a thriving future for all young people, not just the privileged few. Young people are our future. Ensuring a safe, prosperous, just, and thriving future for the children of Detroit will benefit us all.”

Jessica Brown serves as the Foundation’s grants manager, ensuring compliance with legal, auditing, and Foundation standards.

Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio, Jessica earned a master’s degree in English in 2014 and moved to Boston, Massachusetts to earn a Ph.D. while teaching writing and literature, tutoring, and coordinating academic support programs at her university.

Desiring to help make education and a prosperous future accessible to more young people, Jessica decided to pursue a career in philanthropy. In 2019, she returned to the Midwest and began working as a Program Assistant at The Skillman Foundation. Now as grants manager, Jessica combines her commitment to young people, her professional background as a teacher and researcher, and a knack for solving puzzles, to ensure efficient and effective grantmaking for the Foundation. 

Areas of expertise:
Overseeing the grantmaking process, Fluxx, and grand applications.

How I can help partners:
Providing technical and logistical support to partners regarding the grant process, Fluxx, or current grants.

Favorite books:
Beloved, Moby-Dick, The Lord of the Rings, and Midnight’s Children.

How I reenergize:
Doing jigsaw puzzles, reading, traveling, playing with my puppy, and learning to cook.