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M. Jeff Hamond

Vice President

In 2011, Jeff Hamond recognized something few others did – that philanthropic organizations were not doing enough to tell their story in Washington.  He felt so strongly about this, he left a senior economic policy position on Capitol Hill to develop and lead Van Scoyoc Associate’s Philanthropy Practice – the only one of its kind.  

Today, as the field of philanthropy evolves quickly – with private foundations growing in policy influence, and also living donors, mission/impact investing, and social entrepreneurs playing an expanded role – Jeff is one of sector’s fiercest advocates.  He understands the enormously important role philanthropy and not-for-profits have in American society and culture, and helps these organizations highlight their work for policymakers.  As a Vice President at VSA, Jeff works directly with private and community foundations, and others in the philanthropic space, to share the good work they are doing in local communities, as well as educate lawmakers about the consequences of adverse policy decisions.   

“Jeff Hamond is an effective advocate for the power of philanthropy in America.  In particular, Jeff has studied the role of community foundations attentively and responsively.  He has proved himself to be a smart, dedicated strategist for building awareness of their value, demonstrating that he also knows how best to connect with key policymakers and thought leaders in order to get things done.”

Brent Christopher, President & CEO, Communities Foundation of Texas

Before joining VSA, Jeff spent seven years as Economic Policy Director to Senator Charles Schumer (D-NY) and prior to that served in similar roles for Senators Kerry (D-MA) and Bayh (D-IN).  Jeff also had leading roles in policy development at two well-regarded non-profit organizations – Redefining Progress and the Progressive Policy Institute. 

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Known for his policy creativity and strategic approach to advocacy, Jeff played a key role in developing several economic initiatives while on Capitol Hill, including the HIRE Act (passed on a bipartisan basis in 2010 to encourage the hiring of unemployed workers); the American Opportunity Tax Credit (included in the stimulus package in 2009); the “Cash for Clunkers” program; and an array of legislative initiatives to benefit the charity and foundation sectors.  His work with charities, nonprofits, and foundations helped Sen. Schumer earn the recognition that led to his being named the co-chair of the Senate Philanthropy Caucus in 2008. 

Jeff earned a Bachelor of Arts at Tufts University, then obtained a Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

“I have been very impressed by Jeff’s access to Congressional leaders and their staffs, and the astute way he positions community foundations and the work they do.”

Alicia Philipp, President, Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Services & Tax
  • Philanthropy

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