Lucy Vandenberg, MSW

Executive Director

Lucy Vandenberg is the Executive Director of the Schumann Fund for New Jersey. She leads the Fund’s mission to empower low-income children and families of color to thrive. Lucy ensures that Schumann Fund’s investments positively impact opportunities for affordable homes and healthy communities, early childhood and education, and child welfare and youth justice in Essex County and statewide. From 2013 through 2021, Lucy served as Senior Program Officer for The Fund for New Jersey and managed a $3 million grant portfolio that included lead poisoning prevention, public education, public media, racial justice, immigration, and the environment.

Previously, Lucy served as Executive Director of the New Jersey State Council on Affordable Housing. She worked with municipalities to provide their fair share of affordable housing resulting from New Jersey’s landmark Mt. Laurel Supreme Court decisions. Earlier in her career, Lucy served as Senior Policy Advisor for Housing and Urban Revitalization in Governor James E. McGreevey’s administration, and as the Associate Director of the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Lucy holds a Master of Social Work degree in administration, policy, and planning from Rutgers University and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Currently, Lucy serves as a Trustee of the Council of New Jersey Grantmakers (CNJG), co-chairs the CNJG Policy Committee, is a Lead New Jersey graduate, and a Council on Foundations Career Pathways Fellow. She has served on numerous nonprofit and public sector boards during her career.