Our Team

Jean Lobell

Senior Fellow


Introducing Jean. Jean believes deeply in the reservoir of talent and resources in the social sector. Partnering with clients on leadership and organizational development, board governance, talent management, strategic planning, organizational assessments, and DEI projects, her goal is to advance her clients’ transformative journeys. While committed to her own personal racial equity journey, she also seeks to advance DEI and racial equity initiatives in the social sector. A seasoned executive coach and action learning facilitator, she has successfully guided leaders and managers in improving leadership and management competencies and developing high-performing organizations. Jean initiated CRE’s efforts towards Talent Enhancement which includes practice development, thought leadership, and continuous learning efforts. In addition, she oversees CRE’s client evaluation process.

Here’s what you need to know. Jean has been working in the nonprofit sector for over 20 years. Before joining CRE, she led an independent consulting practice, AcXEL International, Ltd., was Vice President and Director of Corporate Training and Executive Development at Deutsche Bank, and was a Human Resources Manager for an international division of JPMorganChase. Her national and international experience provides her with a cross-cultural perspective on organizational change. She has served on the Board of the United Way of NYC, chaired the Board of the Asian American Federation, co-founded and chaired the Board of FAHSI (Filipino American Human Services Inc.), and sat on the Board of APICHA (Asian Pacific Islander Coalition for HIV-AIDS). Jean is certified in the Clark Wilson Group: 360° Feedback Surveys, the Hogan Personality Assessment Inventory, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), Action Learning facilitation, and trained in the Enneagram Personality Inventory. She completed her doctorate in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University and an M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Minnesota.

Jean is very active outside of work. Jean volunteered as an instructor at a Peace Corps training program at Stanford University and supports community development and home construction for impoverished towns in the Philippines. She has been awarded the Fulbright scholar, the “Outstanding Women Awards” given by the State of New York on Women’s Heritage Month, the Community Leadership Award from APICHA, the Community Leadership Award from Asian Women in Business, and the Leadership award from Philippine American Junior Chamber of Commerce. She was the lead author of a recent book Meeting the Challenges of Nonprofit Leaders published by the Center for Creative Leadership. Jean has also authored several articles — “Liberating Human Resources — Finding a Path to a New HR Paradigm” (published in the Nonprofit Quarterly, December 2021), “What Makes a Difference in Leadership Development? A View from the Field” (published in The Nonprofit Quarterly, Winter 2009), “Peak Performance: Nonprofit Leaders Rate Highest in 360-Degree Reviews” (published in The Nonprofit Quarterly, Winter 2007), and “The Courage to Pause: Lessons Learned from CRE’s Leadership Caucus” (a CRE white paper).

Psst, learn some more. Jean is an avid amateur gardener, loves art, the theatre, and international travel, and happy to compete for fun in a scrabble game.

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