Lumina names New York-based leader in corporate philanthropy Chauncy Lennon to executive team
He will lead the foundation’s efforts related to the future of learning and work
Indianapolis – Following a national search, Lumina Foundation has named workforce expert Chauncy Lennon to the newly created role of vice president for the future of learning and work.
Lennon will bring a firm grasp of workforce issues to Lumina’s goal of building a just, fair, and innovative system of learning that aligns with the country’s current and future labor-market demands. He will lead research, draw upon outside expertise, and lend insights to help Lumina scale and spread the best ideas in postsecondary education. He will help Lumina support worker-training programs that lead to certificates, industry certifications, and other quality post-high school credentials, and he will advise the foundation on the needs of employers, labor leaders, and worker advocates to ensure its efforts will result in education and training that improve Americans’ lives and careers. He begins his new role Oct. 1.
“Adding Chauncy to our leadership team increases Lumina’s ability to drive progress toward a new, post-high school learning system,” said Jamie Merisotis, Lumina’s president and CEO. “Chauncy’s strong connections to the business community, his commitment to racial and economic justice, and his capacity to relate learning that takes place both within and away from college campuses to the rapidly evolving nature of work are real strengths.”
Lennon joins Lumina from his role of nearly five years as a managing director and head of workforce strategy at JPMorgan Chase & Co. where he drove the firm’s $350 million investment in philanthropic initiatives. He previously led large portfolios of work at Ford Foundation related to economic advancement and workforce development. Since 2015, Lennon has served on the national advisory board of the College Promise Campaign, a nonpartisan national initiative to build broad public support for funding the first two years of higher education for working students, beginning with community colleges. He also serves on the New York City Workforce Development Board, providing oversight of the city's policies and services for youth, adult learners, job seekers, and employers.
Lennon is a graduate of Williams College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He was awarded a master’s in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University. He taught urban studies at Barnard College and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.
About Lumina Foundation:
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation in Indianapolis that is committed to making opportunities for learning beyond high school available to all. The foundation envisions a system that is easy to navigate, delivers fair results, and meets the nation’s need for talent through a broad range of credentials. Lumina’s goal is to prepare people for informed citizenship and for success in a global economy.
Kate Snedeker, Lumina Foundation