At the National Council, Chandler will focus on connecting networks of local, state, and regional nonprofit associations with resources that build their capacity to support and serve more than 20,000 member organizations nationwide.
"Our network could not ask for a better champion, wiser expert, or more gracious supporter than Jenny," said Tim Delaney, President & CEO of the National Council. "Her experience and perspective will invigorate our fight to ensure that the nonprofit sector has the tools it needs to support America's communities."
From more than 20 years working in the nonprofit sector, Chandler brings a remarkable depth and array of experience, as well as an appreciation of the perspectives of the small and midsize nonprofits that comprise the majority of the nonprofit sector nationwide. Most recently Chandler served as Senior Counsel and Director of Special Projects for the Nonprofit Risk Management Center, which works nationally to help nonprofits understand and control risk. In this role, she designed training tools and lectured widely on topics ranging from fundraising risks to best practices in governance. She also authored articles and texts on risk management topics, including Taking the High Road: A Guide to Effective and Legal Employment Practices for Nonprofits-2nd Edition (2006), which she co-authored with Melanie Lockwood Herman.
During 2006, Chandler served a one-year appointment as Assistant Project Director of the Panel on the Nonprofit Sector (convened by Independent Sector, Washington, DC) during the Panel's development of the Principles of Good Governance and Ethical Practice. From 2000-2006, as deputy director of Probono Partnership, Chandler founded a program that coordinates pro bono legal assistance to over 300 public charities throughout New Jersey. During her many years in New Jersey working with the nonprofit community, Chandler served on the boards of several social service and grantmaking organizations, was appointed chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the New Jersey State Bar Association, and served two terms on the Governor's Advisory Council on Volunteerism. She currently serves as a trustee of the Hyde and Watson Foundation in Warren, New Jersey.