Jill Passano

Associate Director, Foundation Engagement

Jill, a native New Englander, joined the University of Tennessee Foundation as Associate Director of Foundation Engagement in June 2016. Jill connects foundations to the teaching, research, scholarship, and innovation that drives the University of Tennessee. Working with UT’s colleges, the Office of Research, faculty and administration, she collaborates with charitable organizations to develop high-impact, mission-driven partnerships.

Prior to joining UT, Jill served as Professional Advisor Officer and Philanthropic Partnerships Officer at the Boston Foundation, one of the nation’s oldest and largest community foundations. In these roles, she helped to create over 30 donor advised funds and developed relationships with national foundations, family foundations, and individual philanthropists. Jill has also held advancement positions at Boston University School of Medicine and Harvard Law School.