Jaime Olson, Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

TITLE:  Program Associate

FOCUS AREAS: Environmental Sustainability

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PROFILE:  Jaime Olson has been a sustainability program associate at the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation since 2015. Her LinkedIn profile shares the following about her job duties:

• Screen prospective grantee inquiries to determine fit with CGMF priorities
• Review grant proposals and reports and ensure content is appropriate and all necessary documents are included
• Coordinate and assist grantees with the Foundation’s grantmaking process by requesting additional information when needed, responding to questions, notifying them of the status of their grant, etc.
• Manage rejected proposals
• Process incoming grants and grant reports by entering all required information into the Fluxx grants management system
• Administer the Fluxx grants managements system in coordination with other staff
• Monitor budget targets, reconcile program budgets, and keep VP informed of budget status
• Monitor spending and deadlines for consulting agreements and foundation initiated projects
• Create consulting contracts in consultation with appropriate legal and executive staff
• Assign work to consultants, and follow up on the work through regular contact;
• Supervise Administrative Assistant
• Represent the Foundation by participating in meetings with grantees,
collaborators, and consultants
• Draft reports for Committee and Board meetings
• Draft quarterly newsletter and updates for the Board of Directors
• Draft annual report and other communications materials
• Stay current on latest sector news and information through contact with
grantees and other experts and by reading reports, press releases, articles, etc.
• Research specific topics and prepare reports and visual aids
• Manage key operational issues associated with the transition to a fully built-out foundation expected in 2018

Olson’s bio shares this information about her background:

Jamie has a diverse background in both the non-profit and public sectors and a strong commitment to Texas and the environment.

She holds an M.A. in Global Policy Studies with a specialization in Energy & Environmental Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in Political Science from Temple University.

While at the LBJ School, Jamie worked as a policy analyst with the Border Affairs team at the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality where she oversaw a project to increase energy efficiency in school districts within the Lower Rio Grande Valley. She also examined ecotourism as a mechanism for species protection in Africa as part of a policy research project on Global Wildlife Conservation at the LBJ School. 

Jamie also has experience in education, working for both the University of Texas at Austin and KIPP Austin Public Schools. She believes that improving education and sustaining the environment are the two most important challenges facing Texas and the world. 

She has traveled widely, having worked for an acclaimed think-tank in Brazil, studied abroad in both Brazil and Italy, conducted research on global wildlife conservation in Tanzania, and backpacked throughout much of Europe.