WEST SPRINGFIELD – After 12 years as executive director of the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Joanna S. Ballantine is leaving the organization to launch a new division of the Boston-based consulting firm Richard Levin and Associates.
While at the Grinspoon Foundation, Ballantine was instrumental in the growth of the organization’s three signature programs: the PJ Library — which just delivered its three millionth book in late May, PJ’s sister program in Israel, Sifriyat Pijama, and the Grinspoon Institute for Philanthropy focused on the Jewish overnight camping sector.
“We have been blessed to have Joanna’s leadership for the past 12 years. She helped us grow from a small, regional foundation into an international foundation. She helped us launch PJ Library, expand our camp initiative with 85 Jewish overnight summer camps, grow our teen and family initiatives, and extend our work in Western Massachusetts,” said Harold Grinspoon last week. “Thousands have benefited from Joanna’s influence on the Bnai Tzedek program, Jewish day schools, summer camperships, grants to individuals for trips to Israel, Rekindle Shabbat, Try a Synagogue, the Jewish Film Festival, and more. We are so deeply indebted to Joanna, and we know she will continue to influence the Jewish world in significant ways for many years to come.”
A replacement for Ballantine has not been announced.
Prior to working with the HGF, Ballantine was the director of the Community Planning for the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts and a Senior Planning Associate for the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco. She has an MSW from the University of Maryland, an MA in Jewish Studies from Baltimore Hebrew University and received her BA from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA. She received the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award from Baltimore Hebrew University and is the 2008 recipient of the JJ Greenberg Award from Jewish Funders Network.
She lives in Amherst, with her husband Clay, and their two children.