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The Wallace Foundation Names Jennifer Maimone-Medwick General Counsel

May 22, 2024


​Robin Harris
(301) 792-0732

Lauren Pescatore
(240) 328-5968


New York, New York, May 23, 2024 – Jennifer Maimone-Medwick will become The Wallace Foundation’s general counsel, effective June 10, 2024, the foundation announced today. Maimone-Medwick joins the foundation from her role as counsel in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group at Goodwin Procter LLP and brings extensive experience in advising tax-exempt organizations, having served as both outside and in-house counsel to esteemed private foundations and nonprofit entities throughout her career. 

“We are excited to welcome Jennifer Maimone-Medwick to the Wallace team,” said Will Miller, president of the foundation. “Her experience in advising and managing the legal affairs of nonprofit organizations and private foundations will contribute greatly to the foundation’s mission and purpose. We are delighted she will be bringing her expertise to The Wallace Foundation.”

As general counsel, Maimone-Medwick will provide overall legal counsel to senior management and the Board, manage the governance and legal affairs of the foundation, and support the foundation’s efforts in public policy engagement. As a member of the senior management team, she will also contribute to the development and implementation of the foundation’s strategy, program, and operations. 

“I have had the wonderful opportunity to practice in the nonprofit sector for nearly two decades and, through that experience and community, to learn about the great work of The Wallace Foundation,” said Maimone-Medwick. “I am thrilled to partner with the exceptional team at The Wallace Foundation to continue the commitment to promote equity and foster improvements in the arts, education and youth development.”

In her role as counsel in the Tax-Exempt Organizations Group at Goodwin Procter LLP, Maimone-Medwick advised tax-exempt organizations on a wide range of structural and operational issues, including grantmaking, fiscal sponsorship, investments, joint ventures, compliance, and more. 

Prior to her role at Goodwin Procter, she served as in-house counsel at two prominent foundations, The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Simons Foundation. During her tenure, she provided invaluable counsel to the respective boards and senior management on matters encompassing board governance, compliance, finance and investments, legal and reputational risk management, policy development and implementation, tax, intellectual property, technology, and employment law.

Maimone-Medwick’s legal career also includes experience as a senior associate in the exempt organizations department at Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, where she advised private foundations, public charities, and other tax-exempt organizations on a variety of legal, structural, and operating issues, including investment matters. 

Maimone-Medwick is admitted to the New York bar and is a member of the New York City and American Bar Associations. She holds a B.A. in Public Health from Johns Hopkins University and a J.D. from Cornell Law School.

Maimone-Medwick succeeds Kenneth W. Austin, who left in December 2023 after more than 10 years at Wallace. 


About The Wallace Foundation

Based in New York City, The Wallace Foundation is an independent national philanthropy whose mission is to foster equity and improvements in learning and enrichment for young people, and in the arts for everyone. Current areas of interest include school leadership, expanding and diversifying audiences for the arts, social and emotional learning, summer learning, arts education, and afterschool. Wallace aims to help solve problems facing the fields in which it works, benefiting both the organizations it funds directly and the broader field by developing credible, useful knowledge to inform policy and practice nationwide. Research commissioned and produced by the foundation is available without charge at 


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