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Janet Camarena

Director, Transparency Initiatives  |  Foundation Center


Janet Camarena works to champion greater foundation transparency. A key part of her role at Candid is to provide leadership for Glasspockets.org, which she helped to found and build in 2010. Glasspockets provides a variety of tools and features designed to encourage philanthropic openness. It has been recognized by the Webby Awards and was also selected as one of the Top 100 websites by PC Magazine. Janet also oversees and authors articles on the Glasspockets’ Transparency Talk blog.

Prior to her current role, Janet served as director of Candid’s regional office in San Francisco for 15 years. She led a team of six professionals in delivering extensive outreach and capacity building services throughout the Western United States, planning and overseeing training for social sector audiences, carrying out donor development and cultivation, and producing live and online programming such as the popular Meet the Grantmakers and Philanthropy Chat podcast series.

Janet was among 48 nonprofit leaders selected for the American Express Nonprofit Leadership Academy. She completed her undergraduate work at Mills College and received a master’s degree in library and information science from San Jose State University. In addition to PEAK Grantmaking, Janet also serves on the boards of the Alameda County Library Foundation and Community Initiatives, a fiscal sponsorship provider.