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New Associates Build Foundation's Capacity for Greater Impact

The Schenectady Foundation strengthened its capacity to achieve its ambitious goals for catalyzing community change with the addition of two new associates. Kristi Miller joins the team as the Director of Grants and Community Programs, and Jessica Wiley has been tasked with a new role in development as the Advancement Associate.  

Kristi earned a master’s degree in social psychology from SUNY Albany and made a home in the Capital District with her husband and two children. She enjoys running, baking, and spending time with her family.Kristi brings several years of non- profit grant writing and administration experience to The Schenectady Foundation’s grant evaluation process.

She reviews and evaluates funding applications to the Foundation, and her main focus will be ensuring that its highly sought-after funds are directed toward the applicants and programs that will have the most significant impact on the lives of those  who reside in Schenectady County.

“I look forward to helping The Schenectady Foundation support the people and the programs with the greatest promise to positively impact those who live in Schenectady County.”

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Jessica joins The Foundation with nine years of experience in the nonprofit industry in New York City. As the Advancement Associate, she will implement strategies to maximize the acquisition of philanthropic gifts and resources for The Foundation. Her primary role will be to effect the cultivation and acquisition of gifts through estate plans and other planned gifts.

Jessica completed her master’s degree in art therapy and counseling at The College of New Rochelle and spent her first five years in the nonprofit field as a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist (LCAT). She is a native of Troy, and in her spare time enjoys the arts, traveling, and exploring the menus of local restaurants.  

“As a native of the Capital District I am eager to get started on addressing the needs of Schenectady County and connecting resources to those who need it most – the youth of Schenectady,” said Jessica. 

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