Jenny Lawson is chief civic innovation officer and leader of the Corporate Institute, leading forward-thinking initiatives, partnerships and campaigns to advance the mission of Points of Light around the world. As head of the Corporate Institute at Points of Light since 2012, Jenny advances programs and research to aid companies in achieving their social change goals through the actions of their employees. The Corporate Institute houses the Corporate Service Council of leading brands, The Civic 50 ranking of community-minded companies, and corporate consulting, training and knowledge centers. Jenny joined Points of Light in 2011 to head A Billion + Change, a national campaign that mobilized more than $3 billion in pro bono service pledges from U.S. businesses – the country’s largest commitment of pro bono service in history.
Jenny came to Points of Light from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES), where she led Make an Impact, a global campaign focused on energy efficiency and environmental awareness with some of the nation’s largest companies. She also served as director of the Office of the President at the Nature Conversancy’s national headquarters, leading initiatives to engage corporate thought-leaders in sustainability efforts. Her career began with community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Virginia, where she served as the founding executive director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions and continues to serve as a board member today.
She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, where she studied Philosophy and Mathematics.