Meet the Grantmakers
Join Jim Denova, Vice President of the Benedum Foundation and Lee Ann Wainwright, Policy, Government & Public Affairs Specialist for Chevron Appalachia as they share insight into the types of grants their organizations support, how they are leveraging social investments in our region, and their unique grantmaking venture that targets STEM education and workforce development in a 27-county tristate region surrounding Pittsburgh.
Meet the Presenters:
James V. Denova, Ph.D.
Jim Denova is Vice President of the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, and has primary responsibility for the Foundation’s Education agenda in West Virginia and Southwestern Pennsylvania. In addition, he directs several economic development projects in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
Jim holds a Ph. D. from the University of Pittsburgh with a concentration in social research, and has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration and philanthropy. Prior positions include: Program Director for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, Research Director for the Community College of Beaver County, Vice President of Research & Planning for the United Way of Allegheny County, Senior Program Officer for the Jewish Healthcare Foundation, and Executive Director of The Forbes Fund.
Over the years, he has served on the boards of Philanthropy West Virginia, Grantmakers of Western Pennsylvania, the Women’s Center and Shelter, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library, the Remake Learning Council, and the University of Pittsburgh’s Institute of Politics. He also lectures at the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.
Publications include working papers and journal articles on school-based health services, adult and STEM education, workforce development, and nonprofit management. He is frequently asked to speak before Pennsylvania public officials and the West Virginia Board of Education on career education, teacher quality, and school leadership.
Jim has received awards from the Children’s Defense Fund, the Harless Center for Rural Education Research and Development, the Mon Valley Initiative, Philanthropy West Virginia, Southwest Pennsylvania Partnership on Aging, and the National Association of Educational Service Agencies.
Lee Ann Wainwright
Lee Ann Wainwright is a Policy, Government & Public Affairs Specialist for Chevron Appalachia. In addition to managing the company’s community affairs in West Virginia, Lee Ann leads the company's STEM education investments across Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia. She was recognized for her work by the Pittsburgh Business Times with a Women in Natural Gas Leadership (WING) award.
Lee Ann received her undergraduate degree in advertising and public relations from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio and her master’s degree in public relations from Kent State University. She is an active member of the Marietta College Alumni Association and often travels to back Marietta to be a guest speaker in the public relations and leadership courses.
She currently serves on the boards of the Remake Learning Council, Carnegie Science Center STEM advisory board, Leadership Pittsburgh, National Tooling & Machining Foundation Pittsburgh Chapter and the Pennsylvania Department of Education’s STEM advisory board.
Originally from southeast Ohio, Lee Ann now resides in Oakdale, Pennsylvania with her husband Sean and her two children Finnley and Lydia.