The Heinz Endowments Appoints Jasmin DeForrest to Lead Creativity Portfolio

Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Jasmin DeForrest has been named Managing Director of The Heinz Endowments’ Creativity Strategic Area. She previously served as Senior Director for Arts and Culture at the Detroit-based Gilbert Family Foundation, where she had worked for eight-and-a-half years.

Ms. DeForrest assumes her Endowments position fin February, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience in philanthropic grantmaking, nonprofit leadership, sponsorship management, entrepreneurship and event production. At the Gilbert Family Foundation, the Detroit native led a strategy that increased access to arts and culture programming, with a particular focus on equity, diversity and innovation. She also served as community sponsorships director for the Rocket Community Fund, the sister organization to the Gilbert Family Foundation, and special events director at The Parade Company, which presents and promotes America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.