Shayna Rose Triebwasser Wins JFN’s 2020 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award

Jewish Funders Network has awarded the 2020 JJ Greenberg Memorial Award to Shayna Rose Triebwasser, senior program officer of the Righteous Persons Foundation.

Triebwasser, age 38, is the 17th recipient of the annual award, which honors foundation professionals engaged in grantmaking, 40 and under, who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy.

Triebwasser joined the Righteous Persons Foundation in 2016, following more than a decade in the field of journalism. Founded by Steven Spielberg in 1995, the Righteous Persons Foundation has made more than $100 million in grants, funding innovative approaches that help bridge the divide between people of different backgrounds; galvanize the power of the arts, media, and storytelling; preserve Jewish history and traditions and make them accessible for generations to come; build on the Jewish value of justice to inspire social activism; and ensure that the moral lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten.

At Righteous Persons, Triebwasser’s work includes designing and implementing the foundation’s grantmaking and communications strategies, developing and maintaining relationships with grantees and funding partners, and working closely with grantees to design strategic programming, evaluate impact, and think through project and field-related challenges.

Before joining Righteous Persons, Triebwasser was senior editor of Los Angeles magazine, where she focused on the people and issues shaping the future of Los Angeles. Triebwasser has a bachelor’s degree in American literature from the University of California, Los Angeles.

She lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Jason, and their children Levi (6 years old) and Tova (3).

The JJ Greenberg Memorial Award was created and endowed by his family, friends and colleagues as a memorial for Jonathan Joseph Greenberg following his untimely death in a traffic accident in 2002, when he was just 36. The Award is presented annually to a foundation professional engaged in grantmaking, age 40 or under, who, like JJ, has exemplified through words and deeds the highest of Jewish values and the relentless pursuit of excellence in all aspects of life. Learn more at