Staff Biographies

Lee Bodner, President
Andrew Schulz, General Counsel
Jessica Robinson Love, Senior Director
Sarah Sullivan, Senior Director
Jenny Wittner, Senior Director

 

Lee Bodner, President

 

Lee brings to NVF more than 20 years of experience incubating and launching innovative partnerships with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He previously served as a managing director at Arabella Advisors, leading its engagement with NVF and many national nonprofit organizations that Arabella has managed, including the Sixteen Thirty Fund, the Latino Victory Project, and others. Earlier in his career, he served as the founding executive director of ecoAmerica, a nonprofit that works to make conservation a higher priority for the American public. At ecoAmerica, Lee was instrumental in launching the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which put the fight against climate change at the center of higher education’s agenda. Lee also built strategic partnerships with nonprofits including the Clinton Foundation and the Nature Conservancy.

 

Previously, Lee led a 40-person project team at D&R International, which established ENERGY STAR as an internationally recognized brand name for energy efficient consumer products. Lee and his team worked in support of the US Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy to convince companies like Sears, The Home Depot, Whirlpool, and GE to use the ENERGY STAR label.

 

Lee serves as chair of the board of two other independent nonprofits originally incubated at NVF: the Windward Fund and the Hopewell Fund. He earned a BA from Wesleyan University and an MBA from Georgetown University.

 
 

Andrew Schulz, General Counsel

 

Andrew Schulz is responsible for the New Venture Fund’s legal compliance and for providing expert guidance to the firm and its many hosted projects on a broad cross-section of tax, legislative, and regulatory issues. Andrew has over 17 years of experience representing nonprofits and is deeply knowledgeable on the many legal issues relating to the governance and management of charitable organizations, including federal income tax, grant making, lobbying, political activity, endowment management, fiscal sponsorship, charitable giving, nonprofit corporations, contracts, copyright, trademark, and employment law.

 

Previously, Andrew was executive vice president at Foundation Source, serving the company’s more than 1,100 family and corporate foundation clients. He also represented the company within policy, legislative, and regulatory circles, and worked to cultivate relationships between the firm and attorneys, advisors, nonprofit partners, and other philanthropy service firms.

 

Andrew may be best known for his over 12 years of experience at the Council on Foundations. While there, he held numerous roles, most recently leading the council’s government relations and advocacy efforts as Vice President, Legal and Public Policy. He also served as in-house counsel, educating council members on legal issues that affected their operations; administering the council’s governance functions; serving as the lead staff member on matters of ethics and best practices; and ensuring organizational compliance with state, local, and federal laws. Among his accomplishments while at the Council on Foundations, Andrew is most proud of the roles he played in designing and implementing an ethical code and sanctions process for members, and developing and rolling out the National Standards for US Community Foundations.

 

A nationally recognized authority on private foundations, Andrew is a frequent speaker and occasional author on various topics related to the philanthropic sector. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and has a JD with honors from the George Washington University Law School. He is a member of the Maryland and District of Columbia bars. He has served on many nonprofit boards both as a director and as pro bono counsel. He lives in Kensington, MD with his wife and two children.

 
 

Jessica Robinson Love, Senior Director

 

Jessica Robinson Love is a senior director on Arabella’s Managed Organizations team, which oversees several nonprofits, including the New Venture Fund, a 501(c)(3), and the Sixteen Thirty Fund, a separate 501(c)(4). Jessica leads the Managed Organizations team on the West Coast, helping donors and social entrepreneurs turn their philanthropic visions into reality by implementing innovative donor collaboratives, campaigns, and grant-making initiatives that help them achieve concrete goals.

 

As a strategic philanthropy advisor and social impact consultant, Jessica has helped individual philanthropists design and launch new foundations, supported established foundations in implementing capacity-building programs for grantees, and advised social-sector leaders on organizational strategy.

 

As a social entrepreneur, Jessica was the founding executive and artistic director of CounterPulse. Over 14 years, she led the organization through a merger, relocation, and 10-fold expansion, establishing it as a national model in the field of arts for social justice. She designed and led a statewide initiative to build equity in the performing arts, and helped launch a major public-private partnership to preserve cultural spaces. She oversaw the rapid growth of the organization’s fiscal sponsorship program and has been playing a role in the advancement of the practice of fiscal sponsorship regionally and nationally for more than a decade.

 

Earlier in her career, Jessica was an adjunct faculty member at the New College of California, where she designed and taught undergraduate courses on arts, nonprofit management, and social justice. She served on the board of the grant-making organization Alternate ROOTS, and on numerous selection panels for private and public grant makers, both in California and nationally.

 

Jessica was selected by National Arts Strategies as one of the nation’s top 50 arts CEOs, tasked with re-imagining how cultural institutions contribute to society. She was the inaugural recipient of the Bay Area Dancers’ Choice Award for her leadership of the dance community, and she has received additional awards from Dance/USA and the Bill T. Shannon Leadership Institute. Jessica holds a BA in the humanities from the New College of California and a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

 
 

Sarah Sullivan, Senior Director

 

Sarah is responsible the day-to-day management of the New Venture Fund. She helps donors and social entrepreneurs turn their philanthropic visions into reality by incubating nonprofits and implementing innovative donor collaboratives, advocacy campaigns, and grant-making initiatives.

 

Sarah has over 15 years of experience driving complex projects, developing innovative strategies, and delivering comprehensive results for nonprofit, public, and for-profit organizations. In her time at Arabella, she has overseen the growth, deepening, and improvement of services provided to New Venture Fund projects. Additionally, she has launched and managed a number of groundbreaking projects on a range of issues, including conservation, civic engagement, education, women’s health, and economic development.

 

Prior to joining Arabella, Sarah led the strategy practice at Orr Associates Inc. (OAI), a consulting firm serving the nonprofit sector. As vice president of strategy, Sarah developed sustainable organizational and revenue strategies for a broad spectrum of nonprofits. Earlier in her career, Sarah was senior research officer at the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), where she oversaw the research portfolio and developed the strategic plan. Additionally, she worked in the Poverty Reduction and Economic Management Group at the World Bank, coordinating a 15-country study on economic mobility. She holds a BA and an MA in sociology from Stanford University and an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

 
 

Jenny Wittner, Senior Director

 

Jenny co-leads the Managed Organizations team, which manages several nonprofits, including the New Venture Fund. She helps donors and entrepreneurs turn their philanthropic vision into reality by incubating nonprofits and implementing donor collaboratives, advocacy campaigns, and grant-making initiatives.

 

With more than two decades of experience in the non-profit sector, Jenny has launched new projects, designed programs, run advocacy campaigns and overseen operations at a range of organizations. At Arabella, she has helped oversee the growth and improvement of services provided to the New Venture Fund. She has launched and managed a number of groundbreaking projects on a range of issues, including conservation, civic engagement, education, women’s health, and economic development.

 

Jenny was one of the founders of Chicago Commons Employment Training Center, which provided comprehensive support services and education and training to women on welfare. Prior to joining Arabella Advisors, Jenny was the associate director at Women Employed, where she developed and oversaw the organization’s advocacy, policy, and program work to promote the economic advancement of women. She had a particular interest in ensuring that policies and programs in community colleges effectively helped low-income women and non-traditional students to advance to better employment. Jenny holds a BA in social studies from Harvard College and an MA in linguistics and ESL teaching from Northeastern Illinois University.

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