Jenn Fox, Project Manager, Environment Program

Jenn Fox joined the Foundation in January 2008 as a Project Manager in the Environment Program.  Her focus is developing the global philanthropic network organized to win the fight against climate change. 

From 1998 to 2007, she worked for Energy Solutions on energy efficiency-related policy development and project management.  She wrote the first Greenhouse Gas Emission Reduction Plan for the City of Oakland, including performing sector projections and baseline analysis for the transportation, solid waste and energy sectors.  
In 1996, Jenn was awarded Service Medals for work on the Sacramento Federal Implementation Plan and Puna Geothermal Facility, Hawai’i.  Her work at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1993 to 1997 also involved air pollution control in California’s Central Valley and national emissions trading rulemaking.  She has worked domestically and internationally to apply science in resource conservation policy.  Her research as a Fulbright scholar in 1994 focused on hydroelectric decisions and the interplay between policy makers, engineers, geologists, and corporations. 

Jenn is an avid cyclist and President of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

Elizabeth (Liz) Kislik, Communications Assistant

Liz Kislik graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Stanford University in 2007 with a degree in communications and a minor concentration in art history. Before joining the Foundation, she interned in Marketing and On-Air Promotions at The History Channel in New York, where she produced a nationally-televised commercial for the Mega Disasters series. In addition, during the course of her undergraduate career, she curated two on-campus art exhibitions – one featuring the art of breast cancer survivors and the other showcasing poster art about women’s issues.

Ron Ragin, Fellow

Ron Ragin joined the Foundation in February 2008 and works with the President and Vice President on strategy and special initiatives. He graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in Public Policy and concentration in Social Policy: Discrimination, Crime, and Poverty. Before joining the Foundation, Ron was as a Senior Research Analyst at the Center for Effective Philanthropy, working with foundations in the U.S. to help them define, assess, and improve their social impact,  and conducting research on foundation strategy.

As an undergraduate, Ron was an African Service Fellow through Stanford’s Haas Center for Public Service and worked at the Amy Biehl Foundation Trust in Cape Town, South Africa, developing program strategy and teaching music and drama in township schools.

Ron serves on the Advisory Board for the Center for Effective Philanthropy’s ongoing foundation strategy research and on the Advisory Committee for Resource Generation’s newest initiative, Catalyzing Our Resources for Equity (CORE), which seeks to engage more young people of color with wealth in social justice philanthropy. He is also a vocalist and poet.

Claire Smith, Grants Assistant

For 10 years before joining the Foundation, Claire Smith was the Grantmaking Operations Coordinator at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  She earned her B.S. in Organizational Behavior at the University of San Francisco. When not working, Claire enjoys gardening, camping, spending time with her family and visiting relatives in France, her native country.