Principal and Founder
Jane S. Englebardt is the firm’s principal and founder. Her 25+ career in philanthropy has focused on philanthropic leadership, innovation, and the structures, techniques, and human behaviors that lead to powerful and sustainable social change. Prior to establishing Upshot Advisors, Ms. Englebardt was CEO for 13 years, first as executive director and CEO of the Hasbro Children’s Foundation, providing grantmaking and other supports to help innovative model programs in the fields of arts, education and health to expand program reach nationally and globally. The Hasbro Children’s Foundation won many awards during her tenure, including the first ever CECP Excellence in Corporate Philanthropy Award. While at the Hasbro Children’s Foundation, Ms. Englebardt also co-founded and served on the board of the September 11th Children’s Fund. As president and CEO of Bideawee, Ms.Englebardt revitalized a 100-year-old, multi-site animal welfare organization, rescuing animals from Katrina and other disasters, increasing revenues while reducing expenses, and decreasing adoption returns significantly below industry standard. Prior to her CEO positions, Ms. Englebardt was Deputy Director of the Big Apple Circus, and a Manager at KPMG Peat Marwick.
Ms. Englebardt philanthropic volunteer leadership positions include serving as Chairman of Philanthropy New York, representing over $3.2 billion in grantmaking annually; board member and in various committee chair roles of Grantmakers for Children, Youth, and Families; and founding member of Grantmakers for Effective Philanthropy. A frequent invited speaker at national philanthropic conferences, Ms. Englebardt presented on such topics as Traditions, Trends and the Future of Philanthropy; Grantmaking Effectiveness; and Responsive and Responsible Grantmaking.
She currently sits on the Leadership Council of the Support Center for Nonprofit Management and on the Advisory Council of the American Theater Wing. In addition to guest lectures at Columbia and NYU Business Schools, she is a founding faculty member of the Design for Social Innovation MFA program at School of Visual Arts, where she teaches Leadership and Entrepreneurship. Ms. Englebardt earned her MBA from the NYU-Stern School of Business and post-graduate certificates from NYU in Management of Nonprofit Organizations, from Harvard in Philanthropic Strategy, and an advanced certificate in Executive Coaching from Columbia University.
Consultant, Philanthropic Services
Courtney Harvey, philanthropic consultant, has led philanthropic initiatives for individuals, communities, and institutions for 18 years. Prior to joining Upshot Advisors, Ms. Harvey served as Executive Director of Women Moving Millions (WMM), an international community of philanthropists representing over $500 million in grantmaking for the advancement of women and girls. During her tenure, WMM grew to nearly 300 members and developed a Women’s Philanthropic Leadership curriculum, providing training on gender-lens philanthropy. Prior to WMM, she was Associate Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation the philanthropic arm of the world’s largest news and information provider. She helped open the Foundation’s New York City office and launch the Foundation’s highly regarded women’s rights initiative, including the Foundation’s women’s rights reporting site and its trademark Trust Conference in partnership with the international Herald Tribune.
Ms. Harvey serves on the Steering Committee of the Asian Women’s Giving Circle, the first and largest giving circle in the U.S. led by Asian American women. She was also the youngest person elected to the Boards of the two largest United Methodist philanthropy agencies, serving for eight years, overseeing $40 million in giving annually to a wide range of safety-net issues, ranging from poverty and hunger alleviation, to disaster relief and the environment, and immigration and racial justice.
Ms. Harvey holds an MSc in Gender, Development, and Globalisation from the London School of Economics and a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Government from Millersville University.
Consultant, Philanthropic Services
Erica Hunt is a philanthropic consultant and scholar with more than 25 years’ experience working to advance economic and racial equity, civil and voting rights, school reform, and youth empowerment. Prior to consulting, for 12 years Ms. Hunt was the president of the Twenty-First Century Foundation, establishing it as the foremost Black philanthropic organization nationwide leading community change and racial equity. Ms. Hunt has held numerous leadership and volunteer positions in philanthropy, including Co-Chair of the New York Grantmakers’ Gulf Coast Recovery Taskforce, which advised the distribution of more than $200 million dollars from New York Foundations to assist with storm recovery, founding chair of the Coalition for New Philanthropy, a multi-racial coalition of organizations formed to highlight giving in communities of color, board membership on Philanthropy New York, the largest association of New York based grantmaking foundations and corporations, and managing partner of the Joint Dialog on Black Philanthropy.
She is the author of several pieces of foundation research, including African-American Philanthropy: A Legacy of Giving, and several collections of poetry, including Arcade (1996), de Local History (1993; 2003), Piece Logic (2002), and the chapbook Time Slips Right Before Your Eyes (2006). She is also the author of the seminal essays “Notes for an Oppositional Poetics” (1990) and “Reflections on the Black Avant-Garde” (2002).
Currently Parsons Family Professor and director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing at LIU Downtown Brooklyn, Ms. Hunt is the recipient of awards from the Association of Black Foundation Executives, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation’s National Leadership in Action award, the Spelman College award for National Community Service, and was named one of Ebony Magazine’s 150 power people to watch for in philanthropy. She is published writer and poet, having earned her BA from San Francisco State University, her MFA from Bennington College, and a certificate in executive coaching from NYU.