Janet Daisley Joins the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts as Vice President of Programs

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts has appointeJanet-webd Janet Daisley as Vice President of Programs effective immediately. Janet reports to Katie Allan Zobel, President and CEO.

“Janet will provide leadership and strategic vision for the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and help with building capacity for the region’s nonprofit sector,” said President and CEO Katie Allan Zobel.

In her new role, Janet will be responsible for the team that distributes approximately $3.5 million each year in grants to 100 local nonprofits and scholarships to over 700 area students. Janet’s area is also responsible for continuing Valley Gives Day, which will happen on May 3, 2016.

“We are fortunate to have someone with Janet’s skills and broad experience to work with the Foundation to continue to expand our presence in the Pioneer Valley,” said Liz Sillin, a Sunderland resident who chairs the Foundation’s Distribution Committee, which oversees grant recommendations.

Janet joined the Foundation in September after serving as Vice President of Programs at VentureWell in Hadley, Mass., where she led the development, design and management of a portfolio of programs focused on training young scientists seeking to launch ventures that improve life for people and the planet.

Prior to that, she was the director at Commonwealth Corporation, where she oversaw a $17 million state contract to provide education and workforce training of youth in Massachusetts juvenile justice system.

Janet’s experience also includes working on K-12 education policy issues for two state legislatures—the Massachusetts State Legislature and the Connecticut General Assembly.  She has served as a volunteer on the boards of the Amherst Education Fund and the Performance Project.  She also led an Amherst, Mass., Girl Scout troop for 12 years.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Colgate University and a master’s degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.

Janet has lived in the Pioneer Valley for the past 22 years with her husband, Tripp Peake, who is the co-founder and managing partner of Long River Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm based in Amherst, Mass., that invests in technology and healthcare start-ups throughout the northeastern United States.

Both of Janet’s children graduated from the Amherst Public Schools.  Her daughter Katy  recently graduated from Dartmouth College and is a math fellow gaining teaching experience at the Boston Public School’s Boston Teacher Residency.  Her son Ty is currently a junior at Colgate University majoring in Economics..