Janis Bowdler is the President of the JPMorgan Chase & Co Foundation, a global leader dedicated to driving inclusive economic growth in communities worldwide. The JPMorgan Chase & Co. Foundation made a commitment in January 2018 to invest $1.75B over the next five years to strengthen workforce systems, revitalize neighborhoods, grow small businesses, and improve the financial health of individuals.
Janis has spent the last two decades advancing economic opportunity for families at risk of being left out of growing global prosperity. She began her career in her native Northeast Ohio, working to rejuvenate Cleveland’s east side neighborhoods. Her passion for helping families move up the economic ladder took her to Washington, DC where she spent ten years advocating on behalf of Latino families at UnidosUS (formerly National Council of La Raza).
Compelled by the opportunity to help realize a vision for widely shared economic prosperity through the scale of a global financial institution, Janis joined JPMC in 2013 to help the Foundation develop a new approach to corporate giving that would increase its impact and advance its mission. Under her leadership the firm has launched several high profile initiatives, including Financial Solutions Lab, PRO Neighborhoods, Entrepreneurs of Color Funds, and blight mitigation initiatives in Detroit, MI.
Janis has authored a number of publications on financial opportunity and economic mobility. Most recently she co-authored Building Equitable Cities: How to Drive Economic Mobility and Regional Growth with Henry Cisneros and Jeff Lubell. She also serves on the boards of Raza Development Fund, Low Income Investment Fund, and Opportunity Agenda.
Janis is a proud Latina, yoga teacher, and mom to one daughter and two rescued pit bulls. She lives with her husband and family in Takoma Park, MD.