Jessica Berretta

Chief Giving Officer

“I believe that each of us has been given a set of innate gifts that we are responsible for offering to society and using to create the community we want to live in. Our donors are a critical catalyst for change. Their gifts are expressions about what matters most to them, and what they’re willing to sacrifice for change.”

Jessica serves as Chief Giving Officer of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (UWGPSNJ). Jessica leads our integrated fundraising strategy that combines corporate and private philanthropy to raise approximately $36 million annually for our community’s fight against poverty.  She develops and executes all aspects of UWGPSNJ’s fundraising efforts to bring our fellow poverty-fighters to the frontlines.

Previously Jessica served as the Director of Development for Broad Street Ministry, where she generated record levels of corporate giving, volunteerism and established the organization’s renowned Hospitality and Corporate Council. Coupled with her experience in the corporate sector at IOP Publishing and MOBI (formerly Bluefish), Jessica brings a wealth of cross-sector knowledge on raising dollars to the UWGPSNJ team.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Communications and Culture from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. She was also the founder of the Firefly Literacy Fund, which worked to improve reading levels and bring books into the homes of individuals and families. Outside of work, Jessica can be found being a first-time mom to Benjamin, repairing her 100-year-old home, and laughing as much as possible.

Awards & Certifications

  • 2016 LEADERSHIP Philadelphia: Keeper
  • 2017 Columbia University: Women Leaders – Mastering Authenticity, Influence, and Power through Embodied Leadership Certificate
  • 2019 Bank of America: Neighborhood Builders Emerging Leaders Program

Education

  • Bachelor of Arts in Communications & Culture, Indiana University
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