Jessica David

Senior Vice President of Strategy & Community Investments, Rhode Island Foundation

Providence, RI

Shift Capital  |  Funding / Investment

Rhode Island Foundation is working on intentional impact investing and strategy.

Jessica oversees the foundation’s strategic initiatives, special projects, and public affairs. Among projects she has led are the Rhode Island Innovation Fellowships, a program that develops, tests, and implements innovative ideas to improve any area of life in Rhode Island, and Make It Happen RI, an effort initiated in 2012 to improve the state’s economy. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2006, Jessica served as interim director of HousingWorks RI, a campaign to end the state’s shortage of affordable housing. Jessica earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from American University and a Master of Business Administration from Bryant University. Among the recognition she has earned for her community leadership, Jessica was named by Providence Business News as a 40 Under Forty in 2011 and a Woman to Watch in 2012. She also was honored as one of Providence Monthly’s 10 to Watch in 2013. The Rhode Island Foundation works to address the needs of Rhode Island’s diverse communities through philanthropy, grantmaking, and community leadership.



Rhode Island Foundation, founded in 1916, is one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations, is Rhode Island’s only community foundation, and is the largest funder of Rhode Island’s nonprofit sector.

In 2015, the Foundation made a record $41.5 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofit organizations and renewed its commitment to address the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities.

The Rhode Island Foundation is a proactive community and philanthropic leader dedicated to meeting the needs of the people of Rhode Island. To advance its mission it works with many partners to:

  • Actively inspire philanthropy and increase permanent resources for the state of Rhode Island
  • Invest in important community programs through grants
  • Provide leadership and a forum for dialogue on critical community issues