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 $500 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 tenants’ rights, reforming the state’s juvenile justice system, and expanding access to healthy food and breakfast 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. He is a past chair of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers and a trustee of the Hyde and Watson Foundation, Ohl Foundation, St. Benedict’s Preparatory School, and Miraclefeet.
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.