Brooklyn Community Foundation Promotes Liane Stegmaier to Chief of Staff

Monday, February 27, 2023 
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Brooklyn Community Foundation Promotes Liane Stegmaier to Chief of Staff

(Brooklyn, NY)Brooklyn Community Foundation, the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn, today announced that Liane Stegmaier has been promoted to Chief of Staff of the organization. In her new role, she will serve as a key strategic advisor to the Foundation’s President and CEO, Jocelynne Rainey, and will be responsible for the execution of the Foundation’s strategic plan.

Stegmaier has played a pivotal role in the success of Brooklyn Community Foundation since joining the organization in 2011, just two years after its inception. As the Vice President of Communications and Strategy, she has nearly doubled the organization’s endowment from $65 million to $125 million. She spearheaded #BrooklynGives, a Giving Tuesday campaign that has raised over $6 million since 2016 to support hundreds of small Brooklyn nonprofits.

“Liane is a key voice in this organization, and we are proud to see her take on the new role of Chief of Staff, a position where her creativity and leadership will shine,” said Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, President and CEO of the Brooklyn Community Foundation. “Over the course of a decade, Liane has helped dramatically widen our donor and nonprofit networks and helped us reach the milestone of $90 million in grants awarded since our founding. As we continue to grow and embark on a new strategic planning process, we will rely on Liane’s valued perspective to help lead the way.”

Prior to joining the Foundation, Stegmaier oversaw communications for the Lupus Research Institute and S.L.E. Lupus Foundation, and also worked on the NYC2012 Olympic Bid. She graduated with honors from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development.

The Foundation deployed a record $15 million to nonprofits in 2022 through its Donor Advised Fund and strategic grantmaking programs. Additionally, 2021 saw the Foundation’s full transition to participatory grantmaking approaches, through which it shares decision-making power with residents on nearly $5 million in annual strategic grants, prioritizing support for local racial justice organizations traditionally marginalized by philanthropy—87 percent of whom are led by people of color, and nearly half with annual budgets under $1 million.


About Brooklyn Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation is on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. It is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community, working in partnership with generous donors and community leaders to advance racial justice and bolster vital nonprofits. Since its founding in 2009, the Foundation and its donors have provided over $90 million in grants to nonprofits in Brooklyn and beyond. Learn more at