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Brandon McKoy chosen to lead The Fund for New Jersey

Brandon McCoy headshot
Brandon McCoy. Photo courtesy of The Fund for New Jersey.

Brandon McKoy, a leader in state policy analysis with a track record of advocating for equitable social and economic policies, has been named the next president of The Fund for New Jersey.

McKoy will succeed Kiki Jamieson, who announced last June that she planned to step
down at the end of the year because of a family relocation from Princeton.

This is a homecoming of sorts for McKoy. He was a program associate at The Fund and its first philanthropy fellow in 2012-2014, shortly after earning a master’s degree from the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. He previously earned his bachelor’s degree from The College of New Jersey.

“We’re pleased to welcome Brandon back, now in a leadership role where his energy, strategic
expertise, and strength of purpose will help drive The Fund for New Jersey’s work to advance
progressive public policy to improve the lives of people throughout the state,” Board Chair Richard Roper said.

McKoy rejoins The Fund for New Jersey after two-plus years at the Center on Budget and Policy
Priorities in Washington, DC, where was vice president for state partnerships and co-leader of
the State Fiscal Policy Division. Before that, he was president of New Jersey Policy Perspective
for nearly three years. McKoy spent more than seven years at the organization, first as a policy analyst and then as director of government and public affairs before assuming leadership of the organization.

The Fund’s board selected McKoy following a six-month nationwide search conducted by Koya Partners.

“The Fund for New Jersey has accomplished so much over the years and recognizes the need to
empower people and communities to achieve more in the future,” McKoy said. “I can’t think of
a better place to be involved in that work than at The Fund for New Jersey.”

Now in its 53rd year, The Fund for New Jersey, a private grantmaking foundation, has awarded
millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations and collaborations that advance social, economic, and racial justice to help improve the lives of New Jerseyans.

Jamieson served as president of The Fund for New Jersey for 12 years after directing the Pace
Center for Civic Engagement at Princeton University and teaching in the politics departments at
Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania, Haverford College, and Rutgers University.

“With Brandon’s leadership, The Fund for New Jersey will be well positioned to support its
nonprofit partners to take on ever more difficult challenges,” Jamieson said. “In the years I’ve
known him, Brandon has been steadfast in his commitment to social, economic, and racial
justice. The state of New Jersey – not just The Fund – will benefit from his dedication and
drive.”