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 greatly enjoy musing about placemaking. 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 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
There was a before? (I’m very lucky to have been in this role since 2007.) Before that, I was a fundraiser and grant writer.

  • A person drawing.

Our Life Paths & A Season of Change in Our Bridging Work

As an eternal optimist and tinkerer, I thrive on being at a fork in the road. I love knowing that lessons can be learned from reflection and that beautiful opportunities are right at our feet, waiting for us to take the next step. And the truth is, we don’t need to wait for the new year to do it.

  • Jenn Hoos Rothberg walking with her children in a park.

Measuring Our Lives in Tree Rings

It’s in moments of reflection, when we take a step back to look at a cross-section of our own “trunks,” that we can see a concentric pattern of rings emerge, giving us clues about the conditions and magnitude of emotions we attach to formative experiences over our lifetime.