Jenny Punsalan Wood is the Executive Vice President at Liberty Hill Foundation. She has a proven track-record of bringing together grassroots, community-led organizations, elected officials, government agencies, and philanthropic leaders to create positive social change.
Prior to joining the Liberty Hill team, Jenny served as Chief Deputy for the Administration on Children, Youth and Families within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this capacity, she led federal policy initiatives, grant-making, and research related to child welfare, runaway and homeless youth, adolescent pregnancy, and domestic violence prevention.
Before this, Jenny co-founded the National Foster Youth Institute, an organization committed to reforming the nation’s child welfare system. Previously, Jenny served as Legislative Director to Congresswoman Karen Bass, advancing a policy agenda focused on equity and opportunity for all. Prior to this, Jenny served as District Director to then Speaker of the California Assembly Karen Bass, overseeing outreach and constituent services in Los Angeles.
A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), Jenny earned a Master in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. She is also a proud alumnae of the Coro Fellowship in Public Affairs.