Jill Blair

Jill Blair

Consultant, Jill Blair Consulting

Jill has spent her career bridging the worlds of the public, private and independent sectors, with dedicated focus on nonprofits and philanthropy. She advises organizational leaders and teams on strategy, leadership and team development. In 2017-18 she spent precisely one-year embedded as a Senior Fellow for Strategy & Organizational Effectiveness at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, a 70 year-old $19 million bay area nonprofit facing key inflection points on leadership and purpose. With support from the Ford Foundation, Jill has authored a paper based on this experience (A Year in Legacy) that offers lessons on issues of organizational legacy, leadership and change. Among her volunteer efforts, Jill serves on the board of the Gideon Hausner Jewish Day School in Palo Alto, CA. and as an adviser to the “Scoop” Jackson Leadership Fellows program at the Henry M. Jackson Foundation in Seattle. When not pursuing her passions for democracy and nonprofit excellence, Jill and her wife, Fay Twersky, share their adventures with their two amazing children, David Nathan, who is a rising College Freshman and Jaz, who is spending the year in Brooklyn, serving as a Repair the World Service Fellow working on issues of educational equity.

Finding Purpose and Relevance in Times of Transition

Marquette Ballroom VIII

Bringing together the skills and experiences of a seasoned consultant with the needs of a legacy organization facing generational transitions in leadership and values can be a fruitful endeavor for all involved. For one year, consultant Jill Blair served as senior fellow for strategy and organizational effectiveness with the Peninsula Jewish Community Center (PJCC) in Foster City, California, an organization that was at the time entering its 70th year and facing a number of high-level questions about its identity and purpose. Drawing from Blair’s experiences, which are shared in the article “A Year in Legacy,” this session will explore a […]

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