Senior Vice President, Grants and Communications
Elaine E. Katz, MS, CCC-SLP is Senior Vice President of Grants and Communications. Elaine Katz oversees Kessler Foundation’s comprehensive grant making program and its communications department. During her tenure, the Foundation has awarded more than $49 million in grant support for national and community-based employment programs. For more than 25 years, Katz has worked with non-profit organizations in the areas of board development, fundraising, marketing, and business development. Katz often speaks about innovative practices for employing people with disabilities, and is the author/co-author of articles and papers on related topics. She currently serves on the board of directors of JESPY House, New Jersey Association of People Supporting Employment First (NJAPSE), Essex/Newark Disabilities Issues Committee, and on the program committee of the Council of NJ Grantmakers. Elaine served as a member of the Human and Children Services Transition Advisory Committee for Governor-elect Phil Murphy. She is also an appointed member of Empower NYC Advisory Board, Workforce Matters National Steering Committee, ReelAbilities NY Advisory & Council, ReelAbilities 2019 Selection Committee and the NJ Veterans and Community Collaborative Network (VCCN).
Katz, E., Foundation Center Blog 2019 – “Strategic Collaboration: Leveraging Dollars For Impact”
Vidya Sundar, O’Neill, John, Houtenville, Andrew J. , Phillips, Kimberly G , Keirns, Tracy, Smithe, Andrew, Katz, Elaine E., 2018, Striving to work and overcoming barriers: Employment strategies and successes of people with disabilities, Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 48 (2018) 93-109.
Van Horn, C. Edwards, T., Green, T. (Editors) 2015. Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for 21st Century. E. Katz, Part 4: Chapter 26: Social Enterprise: An Innovative Strategy to Create Real Jobs for People with Disabilities”. W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, Kalamazoo, MI.
Katz, E., 2014, Social Enterprise Businesses: A Strategy for Creating Good Jobs for People with Disabilities. Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation, 40(2).
Katz, E., Blog, January 2014, Kessler Foundation Work/Social Enterprise. Cornell Employment DBTAC.
Katz E., Blog, January 10, 2013. Jumpstarting Employment Innovation. www.askEarn.org
Katz, E., O’Connell, M., Nicholas, R. July 2012. Strategies to Support Employer-Driven Initiatives to Recruit and Retain Employees with Disabilities. Disability and Work Research Report, Joint publication from John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Kessler Foundation.
Katz, E., Kauder R. May 2011. Social Enterprise Businesses: A Strategy for Creating Good Jobs for People with Disabilities. Disability and Work Research Report, Joint publication from John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development and Kessler Foundation.
Katz, E., DeRose R. Commentary: A Call to Action: The 2010 Survey of Employment of Americans with Disabilities. Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine, 2011, Jan; 34(1):4-5.
Katz E., DeRose R. (2010) a call to action: The 2010 survey of employment of Americans with disabilities. J Spinal Cord Med. 2011;34(1):4-5. PubMed PMID: 21528619; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3066493.
Katz E., DeRose R. (2010) the ADA 20 years later: the 2010 survey of Americans with disabilities. J Spinal Cord Med. 2010;33(4):345. PubMed PMID: 21061893; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2964021.
Association of People Supporting Employment First (Member National and NJ Chapters)
Council of New Jersey Grantmakers
Empower NYC Advisory Board
Essex/Newark Disabilities Issues Committee
National Council of Independent Living, Inc.
New Jersey Association of County Disability Services, Inc.
ReelAbilities NY Advisory & Council,
ReelAbilities 2019 Selection Committee
Workforce Matters National Steering Committee