Program Officer, New York Community Trust
Jasmine Thomas is a Program Officer at The New York Community Trust. Her responsibilities include crafting and funding grants to non-profit organizations in areas of HIV/AIDS, local environment, Native Americans, Appalachia, and the Gulf Coast. She describes working in philanthropy as "a dream come true," adding, "One of the most rewarding aspects of my position is the ability to provide grant support to organizations that serve the needs of underserved, often disenfranchised clients. I get to see how philanthropy makes a positive impact on complex social issues." Although her job is not typical of most MSWs, Jasmine states, "I am still a social worker even if I do not provide direct services. I'm more than content with the fact that my job is to enable and support my peers/colleagues in organizing communities." Jasmine was raised in the Maryland suburbs, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland.