Maverick Capital Foundation aims to meaningfully improve the lives of others by identifying, funding, and partnering with the most effective non-profits working to help those in need. By pairing gifts of time and money, we believe we can deeply benefit both the charitable organizations with which we work and instill a culture of giving within Maverick.

About Us

Program Officer

Bridget Melancon Hoffman

Bridget Melancon Hoffman

Bridget Melancon Hoffman | Program Officer

Bridget Melancon Hoffman is a Program Officer at Maverick Capital Foundation (MCF). She began her career teaching Pre-K and Kindergarten through Teach for America in Prince George’s County, Maryland. In 2011, Bridget joined Teach For America’s regional community partnerships team in Washington D.C. There she worked with over 600 TFA corps members overseeing teacher certification and helping design programming at George Mason University and American University.

Most recently, Bridget was the Manager of Special Events at YES Prep Public Schools in Houston, Texas. She managed all fundraising events including an annual Poker Tournament and YES Prep’s 20th Anniversary Celebration. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Bridget and YES Prep’s Development team spearheaded a relief effort, handling the distribution of over $4.3 million to families in need.

As MCF’s program officer, Bridget manages the relationships with MCF community partners. She also creates meaningful volunteer and employee engagement opportunities between MCF board members and MCF organizations.


Executive Director

Jamie Elfenbein

Jamie Elfenbein

Jamie Elfenbein | Executive Director

Jamie Elfenbein is the Executive Director of the Maverick Capital Foundation (MCF). At MCF, Jamie helps to grow and fund high-impact nonprofit programs in areas including education, criminal justice, workforce development, and social services. She also creates and oversees all corporate engagement activities.

Before joining MCF, Jamie was a senior program officer at Robin Hood, a foundation that distributes $120 million annually in the fight against poverty in New York City. At Robin Hood, she managed a portfolio of grants in K-12 education and developed Robin Hood’s first ever diversity, equity, and inclusiveness training for its family philanthropy team.

Jamie began her career with Teach for America (TFA), teaching first and fourth grade in Houston, Texas. Jamie’s passion for working with youth led her to help grow a new charter school with YES Prep Public Schools as a sixth-grade reading teacher and instructional coach. Jamie also spent time on TFA’s national staff as a recruitment director, sourcing and selecting talent across the country. During summers, Jamie has worked as a curriculum specialist for TFA in Tulsa and Houston.

In 2018 Jamie was named a Pahara Institute NextGen Fellow. Jamie holds a bachelor’s degree in media studies from the University of California, Berkeley and a master’s degree in education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. She is a proud transfer student, beginning her post-secondary education at Santa Monica Community College.


Board Leadership

Alex Rafal

MCF Board Chair

Ben Bologna

MCF Vice–Chair

Chris Golz

Dallas Board Chair

Steve Kapp

Philadelphia Board Chair

Matt Kinsella

San Francisco Board Chair

Board Leadership

Our board is comprised of current and former staff members at the firm and closely affiliated partners. Employees across every department and region at Maverick Capital are encouraged to join the board. MCF regions hold board meetings 4-6 times per year to discuss grantee renewals as well as potential new grants. In New York, 1-3 board members become liaisons to collaborate with the director and board chair in evaluating and awarding a grant annually.


Core Principles

We Invest in People

We know that talented people are essential to any high functioning organization and believe the best relationships are partnerships.

Data Matters

We focus on measurable outcomes. The most effective nonprofits use relevant metrics to support key decisions for the organization and their clients.

Long-Term Goals

We understand the importance of stable funding. While MCF grantees must reapply annually and go through a rigorous evaluation process, our desire is to keep them in the portfolio and build capacity long-term.

Focus on Poverty

We seek organizations working to alleviate or eradicate some component of poverty within the regions in which we do business.

Frequently Asked Questions

MCF primarily funds non-profits in New York City. However, we also fund organizations in Dallas, Philadelphia, and San Francisco where Maverick employees work and reside.
MCF board members include current and former staff members at the firm and closely affiliated partners.
We love learning about new non-profits, but at this time, proposals are by request only. MCF does not accept unsolicited applications.
Maverick Capital generously covers all operating expenses for MCF, so all donations to MCF can go to non-profits helping those in need.

Please note that Maverick Capital Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Time permitting, we are more than happy to connect with potential partners or answer any questions you may have.

Thank you!