Jennie Grabel is a committed, caring, strategic, and optimistic leader with a passion for the profound and necessary work of the nonprofit sector. She believes that anything is possible when passion and purpose align with hard work, thoughtful planning, and adaptive execution. Her background in communications, program development, marketing, and team building adds enthusiasm, innovation, empathy, and strategy to any project she leads or helps.
Jennie returned to SVP Tucson in 2022 as Vice President of Programs previously serving the organization 2014-1018 as Director of Community Impact. She brings an understanding and deep appreciation of the nonprofit ecosystem, as well as a desire to enhance and elevate social service work to create a greater community impact. During her previous tenure with SVP Tucson, Jennie was the lead staff in bringing Fast Pitch, one of SVP Tucson’s signature programs to the community.
In her new role, Jennie is leading SVP’s 2Gen approach, focus, and collaboration. This opportunity is one that plays to her passion and strengths. A bridge builder and expert collaborator, Jennie sees the value in connectivity, process evaluation, program innovation, and cross-sector partnership. She is committed to creating positive systems change that benefits families in our community. The opportunity to understand and implement the components of a 2Gen approach centered on family voice, equity, and impact is a professional dream come true for someone deeply committed to society doing better for our families.
Jennie is an Arizona native, raised in Bisbee, a University of Arizona graduate, and a former commercial and community radio host. She was named Extraordinary Citizen by the Office of the Tucson Mayor and City Council and Six to Watch by the Arizona Daily Star in 2006 and was selected for the Ronald L Kurth Leadership Award by her Greater Tucson Leadership class of 2021. She loves music, exercise (she’s a Peloton fanatic), hiking, and cooking. Her commitment to social change and community is driven by her deep love for her husband Michael and four children, Richard, Kylene, Sage, and Sam.