Jill Eisenhard

Red Hook Initiative
Founder and Executive Director

Key Topics: Community hiring practices, Youth development programming.

Bio: Ms. Eisenhard is the Founder and Executive Director of the Red Hook Initiative in Red Hook, Brooklyn. Under her leadership this grassroots organization has developed a model for social change and youth development that empowers youth and community members to become agents of change in their own lives and within their own neighborhood. RHI currently employs over 80 residents of Red Hook, thereby keeping the majority of financial resources within the neighborhood.

Ms. Eisenhard has over 16 years of direct youth work experience and has worked in the field of women’s health for the last 18 years. Formerly a Program Implementation Manager with the Carrera Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program at the Children’s Aid Society, she oversaw four after school youth programs in the South Bronx and Washington Heights and provided training and technical assistance to the national programs. Ms. Eisenhard worked for five years with Long Island College Hospital and was instrumental in launching the Center for Women’s Health, a comprehensive medical center for women, the first of its kind in Brooklyn, NY.

Ms. Eisenhard and the Red Hook Initiative received a Union Square Award in 2007 in recognition for their fight for social justice in Red Hook. They also received the 2012 “Building Brooklyn Award” in the community development category, granted by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. In 2009 Ms. Eisenhard received the Bank of America Local Hero Award and in 2011 she was given a “Brooklyn Women of Distinction” award from CNG Courier Life. She is a graduate of the Coro Leadership New York program, 2010. In 2012 she received the Coro Alumni Leadership Award for Civic Engagement. She was featured in the July 2012 issue of More Magazine under their “Job Genius” series. In 2012 the Red Hook Initiative received the Gold Medal for Excellence in Nonprofit Management from NPCC and the New York Magazine. Ms. Eisenhard holds a BS from Cornell University.

Selected Speaking Experience

  • Independent Sector National Conference, 2013.
  • Nonprofit Coordinating Committee Panel on Best Fundraising Practices, 2013.
  • Alfred University Student Leadership Recognition Dinner (Keynote), 2012.