Jeanette Monninger is a native New Yorker born and raised in New York City. Currently residing in Manhattan with her husband Patrick Monninger and their two sons; Charles and Aidan. Jeanette fell in love with the work of nonprofit organizations when she was only a teenager. Inspired by visiting Peru during her summers vacations from school and watching her families give back to their community. Jeanette quickly developed a deep passion for charitable work. This stuck with her through college; which influenced her to get her bachelor degree in Human Development, and Family Studies at Penn State University and then at Bank Street College Graduate School of Education earning her master degree in Infant/Toddler Parenting and Early Intervention.
Jeanette started at University Settlement as a Family Advocate after college in their Early Head Start Program and then participated in a fellowship at the Jewish Board of Family & Children’s Services as an Educational/Disability Coordinator and an Early Childhood Group Therapy Fellow. Since 1997, Jeanette held various positions with increasing responsibilities at University Settlement. During this time, Jeanette was also a coach for other Head Start and Early Head Start programs, working with the Federal Office of Head Start’s National Center on Program Management and Fiscal Operations. Jeanette’s last position with University Settlement was as Senior Program Director overseeing Early Head Start, Early Head Start-Child Care program, Family Child Care, Healthy Families, and Family Enrichment program. Serving hundreds of children and families in various communities.
Jeanette recently worked at Lenox Hill Neighborhood House as the Deputy Director of the Early Childhood program. Her focus was quality assurance while building systems to help work collaborative rather than in silos. Jeanette is a true collaborator as well as being a mindful leader, and that showed with her work at Lenox Hill as well as University Settlement.