About Our Team
Your SGP Team Members
Operations & Grants Management Associate
Crisandra Gray joined Strategic Grant Partners in June 2016 to provide overall general administrative support. Crisandra’s background includes several years of administrative and customer service experience across various business environments. In the past, Crisandra has provided office support at Boston University, as well as MetLife. Crisandra is a Class One graduate from Year Up. She earned her BS from Johnson & Wales University with a major in Computer Network Engineering.
Founder and Managing Partner
Joanna Jacobson is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Strategic Grant Partners, a venture philanthropy organization that is both a foundation and pro-bono consulting firm. She is also the President of the One8 Foundation. Previous to this, Ms. Jacobson’s career was in private industry where she held senior management and marketing positions in turnaround businesses including the President of the Keds Corporation and SVP Marketing and Product Development at Converse Corporation. Earlier in her career, she worked at Colgate-Palmolive in product management and worldwide new product development. She has also taught at the Harvard Business School and was a partner in Core Strategy Group, a marketing strategy consultancy.
Ms. Jacobson earned her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. She serves on the boards of Youth Villages MA, HBS Social Enterprise Initiative and Unlocking Potential Education Network.
Stephanie Loder is the Executive Assistant to Joanna Jacobson. She is responsible for calendar management, scheduling, travel arrangements, and for providing overall general administrative support. Stephanie’s background includes over 10 years of administrative experience across several different business environments. She has a strong background in real estate business management and transactions. Prior to a year spent teaching pre-school, Stephanie worked for one of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage’s top real estate brokers. Stephanie earned her BA from Sonoma State University with a major in Music.
Shannon is an Associate for Education at Strategic Grant Partners. Prior to joining SGP, Shannon was with Deloitte in the London and San Francisco offices, providing advisory services for clients across the financial services industry. She is engaged in improving financial literacy and supports several local non-profits in reaching under-served communities. Shannon holds a BA in Political Science from UC Berkeley and is a licensed CA CPA.
Director of Operations & Administration
Anna is the Director of Operations & Administration for SGP. Before joining SGP, Anna was employed in the field of data management and office administration at the Steamship Authority where she administered a computerized asset management system, creating reports and presentations for management. Earlier in her career, she worked at Boston College in the Dean’s Office for the School of Education. Anna holds a Bachelor’s degree from Smith College and a Master of Education degree from Boston College in the area of Educational Research, Measurement and Evaluation.
Emily is an Associate for Education at Strategic Grant Partners. Previously, Emily worked as a Strategy & Operations consultant at Deloitte, a management consulting firm, where she worked on projects for a variety of nonprofit and higher education clients. Emily received a BA in Sociology from Bowdoin College.