Staff & Contact Information

Johnson Family Foundation
55 Exchange Place, Suite 404
New York, NY 10005
Barbara Fenhagen
Consultant for Vermont Programs
Samantha Franklinbio
Program Officer
E-mail: sfranklin(at)
Phone: (212) 343-1102
Andrew Lanebio
Executive Director
E-mail: alane(at)
Phone: (212) 343-1002
Kathleen Valentine Sturgeon
Consultant for Pittsburgh Programs
JFF does not accept unsolicited proposals
Established in 1990 as The Thomas Phillips and Jane Moore Johnson Foundation

Samantha Franklin
Program Officer

Samantha Franklin joined JFF in October of 2010 as Grants Manager and was promoted to Program Officer in 2013. Prior to working for JFF, she held the positions of Project Manager at Jobs for the Future (Boston, MA) and of Junior Capacity Building Specialist at the Harm Reduction Coalition (New York City). Samantha has a bachelor's degree in Psychology and a master's degree in Social Work Administration. She currently serves on the advisory board of the Brown Boi Project, and she has served on various committees in collaboration with other organizations that work in the field of philanthropy, including Funders for LGBTQ Issues, New York Women's Foundation, Queer Youth Fund, North Star Fund, and the Grants Managers Network.


Andrew Lane
Executive Director

Andrew Lane became Executive Director of the Johnson Family Foundation ("JFF") in 2007. JFF has awarded $36 million in grants since its founding; current programmatic interests include LGBT issues and work in the State of Vermont, the City of New York and the Town of Telluride (CO). Before joining JFF Andy was a grantmaker and philanthropic advisor for families, foundations, corporations and donor-advised funds working across a range of program areas and geographies. His career in philanthropy began on the program staff of the J.P. Morgan Charitable Trust.

An expert on issues affecting LGBT Americans, Andy currently chairs the board of the Movement Advancement Project and represents JFF on the Civil Marriage Collaborative. He is the former board chair of Funders for LGBTQ Issues (2012-13) and the Paul Rapoport Foundation (2006-09) and has represented JFF on the Queer Youth Fund (2008-12). Andy also led the effort to incorporate LGBT content into the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention as chair of the NAASP Task Force on LGBT Populations (2011-13). A native of rural western New York and a graduate of Hamilton College, Andy currently lives and works in lower Manhattan.