Speaker Bio

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Chauncy Lennon, Ph.D.
Vice President for the Future of Learning & Work /Lumina Foundation

Chauncy Lennon, Ph.D., is a workforce expert and New York-based leader in corporate philanthropy. In 2018, he joined Lumina Foundation in the newly created role of vice president for the future of learning and work, helping build out new ideas to advance the foundation's attainment agenda.


Before Lumina, Lennon was a managing director and head of the workforce strategy at JP Morgan Chase, where he drove the firm’s $350 million investment in philanthropic initiatives. He previously led large portfolios related to economic advancement and workforce development at Ford Foundation. Since 2015, Lennon has served on the national advisory board of the College Promise Campaign, a nonpartisan national initiative to build public support for funding for higher education for working students. He also serves on the New York City Workforce Development Board, providing oversight of the city's policies and services for youth, adult learners, job seekers, and employers.

Lennon is a graduate of Williams College where he earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology. He earned master’s in social sciences from the University of Chicago and a doctorate in anthropology from Columbia University. He taught urban studies at Barnard College and Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs.