Jill Goldesberry is a program officer in the Stanley Foundation’s Community Partnerships programming. She has been with the foundation 30 years. Jill assists local k–12 educators by providing resources for teaching about the world. She also directs youth activities that enhance knowledge of international issues and promote global awareness.
What do you do at the foundation and how long have you been here?
I’ve been with the foundation since January 1984. Mostly, I plan and implement activities that provide global education opportunities and resources to k–12 teachers and students in Muscatine, Iowa. All of our offerings are designed to raise global awareness.
What do you like most about your job?
I like being involved in a variety of activities. Over 30 years, I’ve had the opportunity to hear many top-notch speakers, to meet some renowned people, to interact with extraordinary educators, and to work with some very talented artists. All of these people inspire me to continue working in the global education field and to always strive for excellence.
Where are you from?
Born in Iowa. Raised in Tucson, Arizona. I’ve lived in Iowa for the past 39 years.
What do you do when you’re not at work?
I like to read, so I’m a member of a women’s book club. I’m a bird watcher and spend far too much money keeping all the feeders in my yard full. Though it’s not a “hobby,” I do have an interest in disability rights. I am a board officer for an organization that provides housing for disabled people in Muscatine County.Community Partnerships
"People have the inherent ability to change themselves and their local and global communities." —Stanley Foundation's Core Values
Through Community Partnerships, the foundation acts locally while thinking globally. We promote global education and serve the community, being valued as a "good neighbor" in Muscatine, the surrounding area, and Iowa in general.
For projects in and near our hometown of Muscatine, Iowa, contact Jill Goldesberry.
The Earth Awareness Portable Classroom offers a unique experience to all who step inside it. Foundation staff give presentations in Iowa and the immediate Quad Cities area. These offer students the chance to experience geography in a new way, focusing on physical aspects of each continent as well as including genteral math skills.
The foundation partners with local schools to provide resources and learning opportunities for teachers and students. Local educators are offered an opportunity to study and travel internationally through The Catherine Miller Explorer Awards.
The foundation partners with other Iowa institutions to provide various international events/conferences, such as Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference. Former participants of this conference produced an informational brochure for international visitors and hosts.
We also partner with community organizations to provide educational opportunities in our local community.