Jen Chau Fontán
Affiliate Consultant, New York City
Jen Chau Fontán is a coach with close to 20 years of experience in management and building talent functions from the ground up at various non profits. Jen has created systems for equitable practices in recruitment, hiring, performance management and staff development. She has also built healthy and engaging organizational cultures and internal programs around equity and inclusion. Jen continues to focus on building capacity in individuals through her independent coaching practice at JCF Coaching while serving as a management coach to leaders in the progressive sector through her work at The Management Center.
Jen founded Swirl, a multiracial grassroots community committed to providing space for cross-racial, cross-cultural dialogue about race and identity since 2000. She also co-founded and co-leads a local NYC Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Community of Practice for leaders in the nonprofit space who want to grow equity and inclusion practices inside their organizations. Jen's perspectives on race and racism have been featured in media outlets including The New York Times, USA Today, the San Francisco Chronicle, CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and PBS's Asian America as an expert on topics surrounding diversity, race issues, and mixed race identity.
Jen received her BA in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and her MS in Organizational Change Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy. Additionally, she is SHRM-SCP certified. She lives in New York City with her husband and daughter.