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Over the past 20+ years Jo has worked in the For-Purpose sector in the UK and Australia, leading philanthropic foundations for families, corporations and government departments. Jo was part of a team that raised over $100m to reduce poverty in the UK and Africa. Managing a diverse range of philanthropic trusts and foundations, Jo has distributed in excess of $300m to for purpose organisations focused on creating long term transformational change.
Leading national for purpose organisations has given Jo a deep understanding of the unique challenges of building resilient not for profits and how to work with people with diverse experience, in the hope of creating a more equitable, thriving Australia.
Jo joined the Paul Ramsay Foundation in 2016 as General Manager for Operations, responsible for supporting and working with investments and partners to flex and shift systems to create better outcomes. Jo’s expertise in working alongside communities, evidence and learning, funding and systems has been invaluable. Jo is now Chief Capability Officer, leading a new portfolio of work for the Foundation, investing directly in growing the capabilities of our partners, communities and the sectors we work with.
This work enhances our joint capacity on specific programs and broadens the horizon of what is possible in the future. Jo is also Chair of the taskforce set up by the Foundation to support our partners through COVID-19.