Jerry Maldonado is part of the Just Cities and Regions team. His grant making has concentrated on integrated regional strategies for building stronger communities by improving access for low-income families to permanently affordable housing, reducing blight, improving transit choices, and strengthening decent work opportunities. In his work with the foundation Jerry has overseen post-Katrina Gulf Coast transformation efforts.
Jerry joined the foundation as a program manager before assuming his current role as senior program officer. Previously, he was a visiting scholar at Cornell University's Global Labor Institute and co-director of the Carnegie Council's Global Policy Innovations program. He has also served as a consultant with numerous international development and philanthropic institutions, including the United Nations Non-Governmental Liaison Service and the Rockefeller Brothers Fund. He has organized several international development conferences and symposia on issues ranging from globalization and inequality to human rights and economic development and is a co-author of the 2005 report The Americas at a Crossroads: Putting Decent Work Back on the International Development Agenda.
Jerry has a master's degree in public policy and international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree from Brown University, where he concentrated in international relations with a minor in urban studies.