Prior to joining Keep America Beautiful, Jenny Lawson was Chief Civic Innovation Officer at Points of Light leading forward-thinking initiatives, partnerships, and campaigns to advance the mission of Points of Light around the world since 2012. Jenny designed, led, and championed programs and research to aid companies in achieving their social change goals through the actions of their employees including The Corporate Service Council of leading brands, The Civic 50 ranking of community-minded companies and a newly developed digital community – The Community for Employee Civic Engagement (CECE). She was also the executive sponsor of Listen. Learn. Act to End Racism, Points of Light’s partnership with Morehouse College and served as an advisor to the National Trust for Civic Infrastructure.
Jenny came to Points of Light from the Pew Center on Global Climate Change (now C2ES), where she led Make an Impact, a global campaign focused on energy efficiency and environmental awareness with some of the nation’s largest companies. Lawson also served as Director of the Office of the President at the Nature Conservancy’s national headquarters, leading initiatives to engage corporate thought-leaders in sustainability efforts. Her career began with community development and affordable housing advocacy in northern Virginia, where she served as the founding Executive Director of the Alliance for Housing Solutions and continues to serve as the board chair today.
She is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she studied Philosophy and Mathematics.