News, Press Release

The GreenLight Fund Names Donald Ger Managing Director of Sites

Feb 4, 2019



Emily Epstein
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February 1, 2019 — The GreenLight Fund, a nonprofit venture philanthropy organization with an innovative approach to identifying and solving critical local needs by importing impactful social enterprises, recently announced Donald Ger as Managing Director, Sites. This newly created position was instituted to ensure continued best-in-class program delivery as the organization builds a national network of cities and expands the impact and reach of its work. GreenLight Fund’s innovative model is now implemented in 8 cities, with plans to grow the network to 10 cities by 2020.

In this new role, Donald will support and oversee GreenLight’s work in the cities in which it operates. As manager, mentor and thought-partner for each of the GreenLight Fund local executive directors (EDs), he will support program and fundraising goals and collaborate on engagement with local teams and stakeholders. Donald will work closely with the management team in establishing vision and direction and ensuring high quality program delivery.

“We are thrilled to have Donald on board,” says Margaret Hall, CEO of GreenLight Fund. “His leadership, fundraising, and program development strengths are an asset as the organization expands and continues to import the best of the best social innovations that effectively address the needs that matter most to each local community.”

Before joining the GreenLight Fund in January, Donald spent 12 years in leadership roles at the national nonprofit Year Up. While at Year Up, he led the National Program team in launching sites in 12 new cities, led organization-wide efforts to significantly increase the number of corporate internships offered to Year Up students across the country, and designed and launched Year Up’s first ever campus-based program in Baltimore. Prior to that, Donald provided strategic expertise as a management consultant to small and medium sized businesses and held senior business development, marketing, and operations positions at a number of large technology organizations. Donald earned a B.A. from George Washington University, a General Certificate from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School.

“I am so inspired to join GreenLight during this time of growth,” said Donald. “GreenLight Fund’s mission and unique, problem solving approach rooted in local communities resonates with my passion to ensure every young person lives in a community that expects and delivers an opportunity for economic self-sufficiency.”

About GreenLight Fund
The GreenLight Fund transforms the lives of children, youth and families in high-poverty urban areas by creating local infrastructure and a consistent annual process to: identify critical needs; import innovative, entrepreneurial programs that have a significant, measurable impact; and galvanize local support to help programs reach and sustain impact in the new city. Started in Boston in 2003, the nonprofit organization is addressing critical needs in Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Cincinnati, Detroit, Kansas City, Philadelphia, and the San Francisco Bay Area. More information at