Join our Board of Directors

We are currently seeking three new members of our Board of Directors to support and strengthen the Foundation’s programs, mission-aligned investment strategies, and governance in collaboration with our grantee partners, staff, and existing family and non-family Board members committed to advancing our mission to bring about a more just, equitable, and sustainable world. 

About you:

We are looking for candidates that either have deep knowledge in mission-aligned investing and impact investing or extensive experience in grassroots organizing and social movements in the United States. Our prospective Board members would also ideally have networks and/or expertise in one of the three areas: Indigenous-led work in the United States, grassroots organizing in Mississippi or New York state, and/or community wealth-building. We especially encourage nominations of people of color and people of all gender identities. Prior experience serving on nonprofit boards or experience in organizational development is preferable.


Our Board of Directors has a legal responsibility to provide oversight and accountability for the organization, which includes reviewing, adopting, and monitoring organizational policies, approving grants recommended by the staff, overseeing the organizational budget, and hiring and supervising the Foundation’s President. In recent years, the Noyes Board has been exploring new ways to best meet the governance and oversight responsibilities of a small private foundation. 

Prospective members should have the time and flexibility to engage in meetings and respond to email and other communications in a timely way. Noyes Board members participate in three Board meetings a year that consist of at least one in-person meeting (usually in New York City) and conference calls. Board members are also asked to be on one board committee each year over the course of their term starting in January 2020.

How to apply:

Please send applications to by Friday, September 27, 2019.

Your application should include a resume and a cover letter (no longer than two pages) that answers three questions:

  • Why are you interested in serving as a member of the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation Board of Directors?
  • Briefly outline what your unique contributions would be as a member of the Board. 
  • Briefly describe your relationship to social justice movements or impact investing and how does it relate to your work?