Jeff Kutash joined Peter Kiewit Foundation as Executive Director in 2013. The foundation’s mission is to create opportunities for people to live in and help build strong and vibrant communities, achieve economic success, and enjoy a high quality of life. To pursue that mission, the foundation supports education, economic development, and community development efforts in Nebraska and a small portion of Western Iowa. Since 1979, Peter Kiewit Foundation has awarded over $600 million in grants and scholarships. Jeff is responsible for the foundation’s overall grantmaking, community initiatives, and operations.
Jeff combines an extensive background in strategy development for social sector organizations with significant experience in education and youth issues. Prior to joining the foundation, Jeff was a Managing Director at FSG, a nonprofit research and consulting firm. Jeff ran FSG’s San Francisco office, launched and oversaw the firm’s national Education and Youth Practice, and helped dozens of leading corporations, foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies design strategies, develop programs, and evaluate their results to improve their social impact. Previously, Jeff was the Director of California Operations for The SEED Foundation and spent three years as a public and private sector strategy consultant, first with McKinsey & Company, and then with The Bridgespan Group. Jeff’s direct experience in the social sector also includes three years as the Director of Programs at the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, a youth development nonprofit in New York City and three years teaching math at a New York City public school as a Teach For America corps member. Jeff speaks regularly around the country and writes on topics of effective philanthropy, corporate social responsibility, effecting social change, and education.
Jeff holds an M.B.A in General Management from Harvard Business School and a B.A in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania. Jeff and his wife Jessica live in Omaha with their three school-aged children, meaning Jeff also has extensive experience in juggling schedules, carpooling, and attending soccer games.