Hans Dekker has served as president of the Community Foundation of New Jersey since June 2003. During his tenure, the Foundation’s funds have granted more than $350 million to charitable causes across New Jersey and beyond.
A key element of the Community Foundation’s mission is to play a leadership role on the critical issues facing New Jersey and its communities. This work has recently focused on Changemaker Projects including fighting the scourge of human trafficking, reforming the state’s juvenile justice system, and expanding access to healthy breakfast among students in low-income communities.
Prior to the Community Foundation of New Jersey, Mr. Dekker served for four years as the Executive Vice President of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. In 2002, Mr. Dekker testified before the U.S. House of Representatives’ Housing and Community Opportunity Committee on the Housing Affordability Act of 2002. He is a past chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and a trustee of the Hyde and Watson Foundation and the Ohl Foundation.
Mr. Dekker graduated from Bates College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in History and received a Masters degree in Public Policy from the University of California at Berkeley.