Dawnette Zuniga

Program Officer for Environment
JPB Foundation

Dawnette is a Program Officer for the Environment Program at The JPB Foundation. In this role, Dawnette works at the intersection of issues related to health, poverty and the environment. Dawnette initially supported the overall development of the Environment Program at JPB, which makes grants in areas related to a just and clean energy transition, increasing access to natural areas, and detoxifying built and natural environments. Dawnette is now responsible for managing and providing strategic direction to the Parks portfolio, which seeks to enable equitable access to quality parks and open space while delivering the benefits of green infrastructure. JPB prioritizes its entire Environment related grantmaking to benefit the health and well-being of low-income communities.

Over the past twenty years, Dawnette has gained extensive experience working with community stakeholders, government granting agencies and private foundations. Most recently, Dawnette was formerly Chief of Staff for the Community Outreach Division at NYC Parks where she has facilitated and supported relationships between the Parks Department, City agencies, not for profit organizations and park constituents. While in this position, she was responsible for five divisions – Partnerships for Parks, GreenThumb, Art & Antiquities, Government Relations and Arsenal Operations. She was also responsible for special projects such as the Love Your Block Grant program, in partnership with NYC Service and Poe Park Visitor Center in the Bronx.

Before becoming Chief of Staff, Dawnette held various positions at Parks, such as Grants Manager for the Planning and Parklands Division of New York City Parks, where she was responsible for a portfolio of over one hundred grants for capital projects, public programs and expense items, Technical Assistance and Grants Coordinator at Partnerships for Parks, where she managed their grants program and provided tools and trainings to community based park stewardship groups to increase their effectiveness and assist them in achieving their goals, and Volunteer Program Associate at Partnerships for Parks, where she created and maintained a library of technical assistance materials and coordinated citywide volunteer training workshops and volunteer days.

Dawnette attended Hunter College of The City University of New York, where she received her B.A. in Urban Affairs and Planning and M.S. in Urban Affairs with honors.

Dawnette Zuniga will be speaking at:

Parks, Public Space, and Nature: Emerging Strategies to Promote Health, Active Living, and Learning

- 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM ,

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