Jocelyn Sargent

Executive Director, The Hyams Foundation

Boston, MA

Shift Capital  |  Community Capital, Funding / Investment

Jocelyn Sargent has served as the executive director of the Hyams Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts since 2016. A co-founder of the Center for Social Inclusion, she has spent the bulk of her career devoted to social equity, leadership development, and advocacy. Her training as a social scientist combined with her impressive experience in philanthropy management and research coalesce perfectly with the Foundation’s strategic mission of impacting the racial landscape in Massachusetts and beyond. She brings a professional background in grantmaking, research and assessment, public policy, and community development that has honed her skills as a philanthropist and social justice advocate. Her most notable work has been with the Open Society Institute in New York, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Michigan, and the Hogg Foundation in Texas. Jocelyn serves on the boards of the Associated Grantmakers of Massachusetts and the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy. She holds a Ph.D in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. A native Texan, born in Austin, Jocelyn currently resides in Newton, Massachusetts.