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.