Discovering better ways to solve social problems

Emily Gorin Malenfant


   

Director
emily.malenfant@fsg.org

Overview

Emily has led engagements with private and community foundations, nonprofits, corporations, school districts, government agencies, and cross-sectoral coalitions to address a range of education and youth and community development issues.

Role at FSG

Most recently, Emily has led collective impact strategic planning efforts for reform of the New York State juvenile justice system and for youth health outcomes in Staten Island, both including active facilitation of diverse working groups. Emily has led strategic and business planning engagements for clients including New Schools for New Orleans and the Nellie Mae Education Foundation. An active member of FSG’s Education & Youth impact area, Emily’s past clients include Chicago Public Schools, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, and NYC Leadership Academy. She has also worked with community foundations to increase their impact locally. Emily has co-authored white papers on the school turnaround landscape and community foundation leadership’s impact on fundraising.

Before FSG

Emily comes to FSG with direct experience in nonprofits and foundations. Most recently before joining FSG, Emily worked to develop additional funding sources for grantees at the Schott Foundation for Public Education, an organization working to drive fully resourced, quality preK-12 education, and served as a member of the foundation’s internal grantmaking team.

Education

  • Harvard University, Graduate School of Education, M.Ed.
  • Williams College, BA, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, in English and Art History

On Working at FSG

“Having worked at a foundation focused on driving ambitious change, I recognized that true social impact takes time, and that it’s important to have clear goals, track your progress against those goals, and make ongoing strategic decisions to drive the change you want to see. Our work at FSG lets me engage with clients to develop strategies, business plans, and evaluation systems to drive change.

“Getting to work with smart, passionate clients and colleagues to tackle the world’s most pressing social issues is a dream come true. At FSG, I’ve had the chance to think about innovative ways for a community foundation to raise the graduation rate, for a global health nonprofit to measure and improve its impact, for a private foundation to achieve greater GLBTQ rights, and for concerned stakeholders in New Orleans to attract and retain the “brain gain” population.”

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