Jessamyn Lau, Peery Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FUNDING AREAS: Poverty, social entrepreneurs, East Palo Alto and Bay Area youth

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PROFILE: Although the Palo Alto-based Peery Foundation was established in 1978, it didn’t hire its first staff member until 2009. That staff member was Jessamyn Lau, a woman who helped shape the foundation’s initial giving strategy and portfolios. She began as a Program Leader and now serves as Peery’s Executive Director. Her foundation bio shares: 

Jessamyn Shams-Lau joined the Peery Foundation as its first staff member in 2009, helping to shape the foundation’s initial strategy and portfolios. Currently, as Executive Director, Jessamyn is responsible for supporting the Peery Foundation team, guiding overall strategy, and developing a grantee-centric approach across the foundation’s portfolios. Jessamyn uses her experience as part of the founding Ashoka U team in her hands-on role as a Board Member of BYU’s Ballard Center, where she created curriculum now taught at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Jessamyn has a BA in Fine Arts from the University of the Arts London and an MBA from Brigham Young University.

Jessamyn Shams-Lau on LinkedIn