Dyson Foundation Names Jennifer Killian New Program Officer

Jennifer Killian of the City of Poughkeepsie has been hired to serve as a program officer for the Millbrook-based Dyson Foundation. As program officer, Ms. Killian will be responsible for many aspects of the foundation’s grant making program in the Mid-Hudson Valley and, specifically, the Management Assistance Mini-Grant Program.

Ms. Killian, who began her duties with the Dyson Foundation on December 1, 2015, has worked extensively in the field of philanthropy in the Hudson Valley. She formerly served as Vice President, Programs at the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, where she was responsible for monitoring and assessing programs, grants and scholarship funds, as well as the development of new initiatives.

“Jennifer brings considerable experience and knowledge of the nonprofit community to this position,” said Andrea Reynolds, Dyson Foundation President and CEO. “She has served as a technical assistance provider and a grantmaker. As such, she is uniquely qualified for this role. She is a welcome addition to the Dyson Foundation team.”

Prior to her role with the Community Foundations of the Hudson Valley, Ms. Killian served as the Hudson Valley Regional Manager for the New York Council of Nonprofits, responsible for providing a wide array of training and technical assistance services to nonprofit organizations throughout the Hudson Valley and New York State. In that position, she supported the Dutchess County Coalition of Nonprofits- Agency Executives Association, managed the Interim Executive Leadership program and the Federal ARRA Strengthening Communities Fund nonprofit capacity building program which supported NYC-based nonprofit organizations providing economic recovery services.

A native of Dutchess County, Ms. Killian received her Master of Public Administration degree from Marist College, a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology from Rutgers University, and an Associates’ Degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities from Dutchess Community College.