Jonathan Richardson

Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region

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Community Foundation for the Greater Capital Region


Jonathan is a queer Latino millennial nonprofit superstar dedicated to addressing equity issues, building capacity, motivating new impact leaders, and getting stuff done. Jonathan is the Communications and Special Projects Officer and manages the Foundation's communications, impact reporting, and special initiatives. Jonathan comes with communications and development experience from several local nonprofits including the Albany Damien Center, Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, Inc., and Habitat for Humanity Capital District. He is the current President of the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Hudson Mohawk Chapter and was recently awarded AFP Global’s 2019 Oustanding Young Professional Fundraiser. He earned his Master of Social Work and Master of Public Administration degrees at University at Albany, SUNY, focusing on nonprofit management and social welfare policy. He completed research projects on the effectiveness of a nonprofit’s board of directors, marketing for human service agencies, and collaborations between local governments and nonprofit organizations.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Religion, Linguistics and Gender Studies from the University of Rochester.

Jonathan is active in his community and passionate about professional development, community change, and social justice. One of his most notable achievements is the creation of the Emerging Nonprofit Leadership Accelerator program. Now in its 3rd year, ENLA works to attract rising leaders working at New York Capital Region nonprofits and provide them resources, support and a network to succeed and stay in the sector. He is also chair of Mission Accomplished Transition Services, which helps aspiring young professionals prepare for the global economy by providing access to coaching, job training, and professional development. In addition, he serves as the mentorship chair for the Capital District Chapter of the New Leaders Council, the hub for progressive Millennial thought leadership and inspiring progressive change. Jonathan resides in Albany with his fiancé, Jared Meagher, and their three adorable pets.