Jane Sundius, Open Society Foundations

TITLE: Director, Education and Youth Development Program

FUNDING AREAS: Education, at risk youth

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IP TAKE: Coming from a professional background helping nonprofits apply for grants, Sundius has a keen eye for not only what makes a good proposal, but more importantly what makes for a good program. Come at her with your best idea well-expressed—with research to back it up.

PROFILE: Jane Sundius is the director of Education and Youth Development for the Open Society Foundations, focusing her work in Baltimore, MD. Here's her official bio on the foundation's website:

Jane Sundius is the Education and Youth Development Program director at the Open Society Institute–Baltimore. She is responsible for the development and implementation of a grantmaking, advocacy, and technical assistance program that works to enhance access to high quality learning opportunities for all of Baltimore’s youth, both in and out of school.

Recent major initiatives include efforts to increase the quality and quantity of after-school and summer learning opportunities for Baltimore’s children, to reduce suspensions, expulsions, and arrests in public schools and to improve student attendance. She serves on several advisory groups working to improve outcomes for children, including the executive committee of the Baltimore Education Research Consortium and the advisory committee of the Maryland Out-of-School-Time Network.

Prior to her work at the Open Society Foundations, she worked as a research and evaluation consultant to local foundations and nonprofit organizations and was the administrator of a graduate program in public policy. She also served as a senior research associate on a longitudinal study of Baltimore City Public School children that analyzed the effects of poverty and family characteristics on school performance and tracked children’s school year and summer learning trajectories. She holds a PhD in sociology and an MA in public policy from the Johns Hopkins University.”