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When: Tuesday, March 7, 2017
2:00 PM
Where: 40 E. Adams St
Ste 229
Jacksonville, Florida  32202
United States
Contact: Sabeen Perwaiz

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Government Liaisons Help Nonprofits Get The Attention They Need: One City’s Approach to Improve Public/Private Resource Alignment

Join FNA on March 7th to learn about the City of Jacksonville's  innovation solution to better serve the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. 

Upon his election, Jacksonville Mayor Curry established a special transition subcommittee on City/Nonprofit interface tasked with looking at ways the City of Jacksonville and the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors could work together more efficiently and strategically. One of the subcommittee’s recommendations was to add a new, innovative senior staff position to oversee this effort by facilitating partnerships and creating stronger collaborative opportunities. The position would be co-funded by philanthropy, the nonprofit sector and the City of Jacksonville. This is the first position of its kind in the Southeast.

Dawn Lockhart, Director of Strategic Partnerships, City of Jacksonville was appointed to the position in June 2016. Katie Ensign, Senior Program Officer, Jessie Ball duPont Fund served as co-chair of the subcommittee that recommended the position. They will share why the subcommittee made the recommendation, the challenges and opportunities of the position, and short-term outcomes and long-term plans. 

Katie Ensign serves as Senior Program Officer for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund, a national private foundation located in Jacksonville, Florida, with assets of $300 million and an annual grants budget of approximately $15 million. Prior to joining the duPont Fund in 2010, Ms. Ensign served as President and CEO of Florida Philanthropic Network and Vice President of Programs for the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. Ms. Ensign is a graduate of Executive Leadership Florida. In 2009, she was appointed to the Advisory Council for Economic Security by then-Secretary George Sheldon of the Florida Department of Children and Families.

Katie serves as co-chair of the Wilson Foundation; member of the advisory board of the Nonprofit Centers Network; member of the program committee of LISC Jacksonville; member of the steering committee of 1,000 in 1,000 and member of the steering committee for the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the City of Jacksonville.

Dawn Lockhart is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for the City of Jacksonville, where she is responsible for developing a shared agenda between the private sector, philanthropy, nonprofits and government. Working across all sectors, Dawn develops strategic partnerships to facilitate innovative collaborations and program policy reforms resulting in better outcomes for all citizens. She previously served as president and chief executive officer of Family Foundations of Northeast Florida, Inc., a nonprofit corporation which provides financial and housing counseling, asset building, financial literacy education and advocacy services to families in northeast Florida.

Ms. Lockhart is currently a member of the boards of directors of the Jacksonville Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta and the 1000 in 1000 Leadership Council.  She is former chair of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), board of trustees and United Way Agency Directors Association.  She is a member of the Community Wealth Building Initiative, City of Jacksonville, JaxChamber Board of Governors, the Jacksonville Women’s Network.


   Ms. Lockhart received a BS in Social Work from Florida State University and attended Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, Center for the Study of Voluntary Organization and Service, Professional Continuing Education Studies. She consults with local, regional and national foundations and nonprofits to advance their collective impact strategies and is a Community Coach with the Nonprofit Center of Northeast Florida. She received the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities National Partnership Award in 2014, the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ DollarWise Award in 2014, the NFCC Housing Client of the Year Award in 2013, the NFCC Making a Difference Member Award in 2009 and the Mayor’s Commission of the Status of Women in 2009.