Jenn Hoos Rothberg headshot
Jenn Hoos Rothberg headshot
Jenn Hoos Rothberg headshot

Jenn Hoos Rothberg

Executive Director

I lead our team’s efforts to advance our mission in partnership with our Founder and Trustee, David Einhorn, including setting strategic priorities, monitoring progress against goals, and nurturing collaborations with key partners and peers.

Most rewarding moment since joining Einhorn Collaborative
Leading “Project Catapult” – our effort to look back at our first decade so we could launch significantly forward. This process was deeply informed by hundreds of voices and perspectives from every facet of our work. Because of that, I am confident that we have a better sense of our blind spots as well as our distinctive capabilities to make effective change going forward.

Something people may not know about me
I love exploring the intersection of public spaces and human connection. This passion started during my studies at Cornell University, first as an undergraduate in urban studies and then for my Master’s in Regional Planning. I have been especially inspired by the writings of William H. Whyte, who made me a junkie for secret pocket parks and people-watching in NYC; Jane Jacobs, who gave me a deep appreciation for the joyful, jumbled messiness of city living (and stoop life!); and Robert Putnam, whose lesser-known work about civic traditions in Italy inspired me to study community building in Rome. That’s where I discovered my inner evangelist for the power of social capital and also where I met and fell in love with my husband, Jon.

Something that inspires me
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

Before Einhorn Collaborative
I feel very fortunate to have been in this role since 2007 and to lead a dedicated team that has come together around a shared question: How can we live and work together in ways that both embrace our differences and nurture our shared humanity? While seemingly simple, in so many ways, I believe centering that question in any effort can help unlock our individual and collective flourishing.

My passion for bringing people together and creating a sense of belonging has been a through-line in my career. Previously, as a fundraiser and grant writer, I connected resources with much-needed solutions that supported individual and communal well-being in the context of higher education and parent-child emotional connection. In my leadership journey, I also developed a deep appreciation for the power of open, honest, and trust-filled relationships that enable effective philanthropic partnerships and collaboration. When we create the conditions to sit on the same side of the table and look at the problem together as a team, magic happens. These experiences greatly inform my approach to philanthropy and social change today.

Small Acts of Joy and Service

While the rock garden needs little care – no water or sunlight required here – it does a whole lot to care for us. Every time we walk by it, we have the opportunity to reminisce, taking in the full bounty of the milestones in our garden.

  • a castle and lawn with students at cornell

For the Greatest Good

International conflicts, no matter how far away, have the potential to further polarize the American public and inflame underlying threats of violence. Even though social connection and social cohesion in our country may be harder to achieve in this new context, our shared work of fostering trust among Americans and repairing the social fabric is much needed now.