Jenn Goldstone

New York, NY
I am an experienced facilitator, talent empowerer, curriculum developer, COO, and have a "Swiss Army Knife" range of expertise. I have deep start-up and non-profit success stories and a passion for complicated business scenarios. I partner with leaders to increase their capacity to drive organizational effectiveness. In me, you will find a tactical, systems thinker who thrives in ambiguity, bringing order to the uncertain. I am authentic and honest in my approach, advising from a position of on-the-ground experience with humility and respect.

Work Experience

Xukuma, LLC

Chief Executive Officer

May 2016 - Current

In Somali, the word xukuma [] means “life the way you want it to be."

After 20 years of working with leading institutions, inspiring leaders, and exciting start-ups, in and out of the non-profit sector, I founded Xukuma, LLC, to pursue my “xukuma” and work with for-impact organizations to help them capture their own.

Xukuma, LLC services include, but are not limited to:

  • Leadership development and organizational effectiveness coaching and facilitation,
  • governance and board development, and
  • interim executive directorship deployed into organizations during extreme moments of change both projected and unexpected.

Currently, these services are delivered through:

  • one-on-one virtual coaching sessions,
  • engaging, thoughtfully-designed and facilitated streaming retreats and webinars, and;
  • embedded virtual interim leadership.

The Paul E. Singer Foundation


Feb 2016 - May 2016

The Paul E. Singer Foundation supports innovative and effective organizations that strengthen our American democracy and democracies around the world. Work with portfolio grantees and the PESF team focusing on developing and strengthening capacity for national and international NGOs.

Birthright Israel Foundation

Chief Operating Officer

Jan 2013 - Jan 2016

Lead turn-around and held responsible for the Foundation’s annual and long-term fundraising efforts, including planned giving and endowment, direct marketing, major gifts, and regional fundraising. Supervise regional fundraising, human resources, leadership and engagement, board relations, communications and marketing, IT, and data analytics. Supervise 40 employees, and deploy an annual operating budget of $10M.

SeaChange Capital Partners

Co- Executive Partner/Partner/Vice President

Feb 2009 - Dec 2012

Played a key role in the re-direction of SeaChange, including branding and communications, real estate, vendor contract renegotiation, investor recommitment, human resources, operations, and work-flow design. Founded by Goldman Sachs, SeaChange uses a variety of tools to help nonprofits, initially in the education and youth development space, address complex challenges. These include grants, loans, consulting, referrals, and the insights we’ve gained doing the work. Managed new business, outreach, and external relations with foundations, prospective nonprofit clients, and individuals, resulting in revenue of $200K and raising $1.2M fund for non-profit collaboration in New York City. Supervised human resources, operations, and communications functions, including website, social media, print collateral, and events.

  • Launched “roadshow” marketing of three growth capital aggregation funds, raising $19.4M, for Uncommon Schools, New Teachers Center, and The Pathways Fund.
  • Implemented successful communications, marketing, and event planning for White House Social Innovation Fund funded portfolio, The Pathways Fund, with lead partner, New Profit Inc.

Jewish Funders Network

Director of Member Services

Apr 2007 - Nov 2008

Held responsibility for developing the organization’s membership strategy for an 800-member network of philanthropists.

  • Created membership programming, sales, and re-join strategies resulting in a 19% increase in membership dues.

The Curriculum Initiative

Director of Development

Apr 2006 - Apr 2007

Worked closely with senior staff and board to identify major donor prospects, in addition to writing grant proposals and reports, coordinating fundraising events, and identifying new fundraising channels.

  • Spearheaded expansion of the Board of Directors while significantly increasing TCI’s revenue from private foundations. The operating budget increased by over 30%.

Outward Bound USA

Director of Institutional Support/National Director of Foundation Relations/Director of Marketing & Communications

Jan 2004 - Mar 2006

Identified, developed, and provided stewardship to corporate and foundation funding prospects and existing donors.

  • Ran the organization’s CIBC Miracle Day effort, resulting in $200K raised in a single day.

ABC News


1995 - 2003

Conceived, researched, budgeted, shot, wrote, and edited pieces for PrimeTime Live, Nightline, and news coverage. Produced breaking news coverage and live shots for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings. Served as Overnight Senior Producer and acting Deputy Supervising Producer for 30-person Good Morning America Field and Series Unit. Required to become an immediate expert on any subject on a compressed timeline, sometimes overnight.


Columbia College, Columbia University in the City of New York

Bachelor of Arts in English Literature

1991 - 1995


Chair, Board of Directors

Support Center

Dec 2011 - Current

Support Center is a nonprofit capacity building organization created as part of an international network of management support organizations (Support Centers of America) originally established in 1971. We have been a trusted partner to nonprofits in the greater New York/New Jersey/Connecticut area for more than 30 years. Support Center specializes in organizational development, consulting, and executive transition.

Founding Board Chair

At The Well

Sep 2017 - Current

At The Well's mission is to connect women around the world through transformative practices inspired by ancient Jewish Wisdom. We envision a world where all women are connected to their bodies, spiritual practices, and community. At The Well works to inspire women to empower themselves, live whole lives, and lift each other up. As founding board chair, I launched and built ATW's first board and chaired it for five years.


Agile Leader Training and Certification
Six Sigma Global Institute Feb 2021
Co-Active Coaching Fundamentals
Co-Active Training Institute Jan 2021
Unconscious Bias
LinkedIn Learning Nov 2020
Certificate in Change Management
Cornell University Dec 2018
Certificate of Nonprofit Board Consulting
BoardSource Oct 2018
Trained Interim Executive Director
Support Center for Nonprofit Management Jun 2016
Design Thinking Crash Course
The Design Gym Feb 2017
User Experience Design Bootcamp
General Assembly Mar 2017


Association of Nonprofit Specialists

National Network of Consultants to Grantmakers

Alliance for Nonprofit Management