janePresident, Altman Foundation

Jane B. O’Connell is President of the Altman Foundation, a $250 million foundation established in 1913 under the will of Benjamin Altman. Ms. O’Connell was Director of Development and Administrative Services at an independent girls’ school from 1976 to 1998. She began her professional career teaching English in a New York City public high school.  Currently, she is a trustee of the Lavelle Fund for the Blind, the Partnership for Inner-City Education and the Commonweal Foundation. She is board member and vice president of Philanthropy New York.  She serves on the board of Morgan Stanley GIFT, a donor advised fund. She is trustee and treasurer of the Museum of the City of New York and a member of the board of NYCON and is vice president of its subsidiary, Governance Matters.  Previous board work includes the national board of Grantmakers for Children Youth and Families, Association of Fundraising Professionals, New York Chapter, City Harvest and Early Steps.  She has served on the Advisory Board for the Fundraising Management Master of Science Program, a division of the Continuing Education Program at Columbia University.  From 1998 to 2016 Ms. O’Connell also consulted for non-profit organizations in the areas of fund raising, strategic planning and board development. From 2000 to 2012, she worked as a senior consultant with Washburn Carmichael, a full service consulting firm dedicated to nonprofit agencies in addition to maintaining a small client base of her own.  A graduate of Manhattanville College, she received her M.A. in Secondary Education from New York University (Steinhardt) School of Education.