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Emily Nielsen Jones

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Emily Nielsen Jones
Founding Partner & Trustee

Emily is a donor-activist engaged in promoting human equality, justice, and peace around the world. She is particularly passionate and engaged in the nexus of faith, gender, and development and working to mobilize our faith traditions to more fully and unambiguously embrace gender equality. In her role at the Imago Dei Fund, Emily has helped the foundation adopt a “gender-lens” in its grantmaking with a particular focus on partnering with inspired female change agents, locally and around the world, to build bridges of peace and create a world where girls and women can thrive and achieve their full human potential.

Emily is actively engaged in the women-led philanthropy movement, and is the author of numerous articles. She is the recipient of the Christians for Biblical Equality 2013 Micah Award and was named a 2014 Women’s eNews “21 Leaders of the 21st Century” honoree.

Emily serves on the boards of Women Thrive, New England International Donor Network, Girl Rising, Union Theological Seminary, and Nomi Network Campaign Leaders Council, and is a member of Sojourners Founders’ Circle.

Emily has a BA in Government from Dartmouth College and a Master’s in Educational Policy from Boston University. She also completed the Selah Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction.

Articles by Emily Nielsen Jones

Band of Brothers: The Very Young, Very Male Face of Boston’s Church Planting Movement Mission Alliance
Belief Based Social Innovation: Gender Lens’ Next Frontier Stanford Social Innovation Review
Glimpsing “Adam”: Faith-Based Family Values and Social Change Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs
Glimpsing Eve Christians for Biblical Equality
Gender-Balancing Our Institutions Evangelicals for Social Action
An Interview with Emily Jones Gordon College
Gender Balancing Our World: What Can You Do? Sojourner’s Blog
Peering Under Our Collective Burqua
Gender Lens Holiday Giving
A Plea to My Millennial Sisters*: Keep Ringing the Bell To Keep the Doors From Swinging Backwards for Your Daughters & Theirs… (* & brothers) Women Moving Millions
The Circle of Women’s Philanthropy and The Susu: What Goes Around Comes Around Philanthropy Women
I’m With Her: Reboarding the Feminist Train to Build Local and Global Sisterhood Philanthropy Women
Philanthropy vs. Patriarchy: Emily Nielsen Jones and the Fight On Faith Inside Philanthropy
A New Approach to Gender-Lens Grantmaking Standford Social Innovation Review
3-in-1 Evergreen Girls Co-Creating our World

Ross M. Jones

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Ross M. Jones
Founding Partner & Trustee

Ross is a Managing Director at Berkshire Partners LLC in Boston. He earned a BA from Dartmouth College and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.

Ross has worked in private equity for over 25 years. He has represented Berkshire Partners’ interests in a number of portfolio companies, including: Advance Drainage Systems, AVW-TELAV, Inc., Bare Escentuals, Carter’s Inc., Melissa & Doug, Thomas Built Buses, Inc., NEW Asurion Corporation, and Tower Development Corporation.

Before joining Berkshire Partners, Ross worked at Bain & Company and in the Investment Banking Division of Morgan Stanley & Co. Ross is on the Board of Visitors at Park Street Kids and Park Street School.

Jennifer Oakley

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Jennifer Oakley
Program Partner

Jennifer joined IDF in 2014 as Director of Boston Granting. She focuses on advancing the fund’s strategic priorities in Greater Boston. She works closely with current grantee partners, overseeing and managing the granting process, and explores opportunities for new partnerships, collaborations and networking among Boston-area non-profit organizations.

Jennifer earned a B.A. in Political Science and Classical Piano from the University of New Hampshire, and a J.D. from Syracuse University. Earlier in her career as an attorney, she practiced law at firms in Washington, D.C., Boston and Hong Kong.

Jennifer has a particular interest in promoting educational opportunity, and pursues this interest as a member of the Hestia Fund, while serving on the Board of Trustees at Park Street School/Park Street Kids and as a member of the Advancement Committee at South Shore Christian Academy.

“Do all the good you can, whenever you can, wherever you can, to all the people you can, as long as you ever can.”
John Wesley