Jane Ransom

AFS Returnee – U.S. to Italy, 1970-71

Jane served as the executive director of the American Brain Foundation from 2015 – 2024. A veteran nonprofit executive, she has served as chief executive of seven leading non-profit organizations, specializing in leading their turn-around and start-up initiatives.

Jane was president and chief executive officer of Girl Scouts in the Heart of Pennsylvania from 2009 to 2015, an organization with 35,000 members across 30 counties. Previously, she has served as chief executive of the Washington, DC-based International Women’s Media Foundation, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, Central Pennsylvania Legal Services, Women and Foundations/Corporate Philanthropy, and of the community development corporation Woodside on the Move, located in New York City.

Jane serves on the board of directors of AFS-USA. She has also served on the boards of the Women’s Fund of the Foundation for Enhancing Communities, the Harrisburg, PA Rotary Foundation, and grassroots organizations in the Twin Cities.

Jane Ransom holds a master’s degree in public administration from the Bernard M. Baruch College of City University of New York and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Kent State University.