Wavemaker Fellowship Director
Jillian Balzano serves as the Wavemaker Fellowship Director. In this role, Jill is responsible for facilitating the annual application & award process, promoting the program to potential Fellows and employers, and measuring the success of the program against its goals. Additionally, she works with the existing Fellows to support their continued investment in the Rhode Island community through various engagement opportunities.
Prior to joining the corporation, Jill was the Corporate Social Responsibility Lead at BJ’s Wholesale Club, headquartered in Westborough, MA. There, she managed a portfolio of community minded programs and initiatives that engaged both employees and customers. Projects ranged from programs that reduce food waste throughout the company’s operations, to volunteerism and giving campaigns, to cataloguing and reporting out on CSR initiatives relevant to the industry.
Jill is a graduate of Northeastern University in Boston, where she received a degree in Public Advocacy & Rhetoric.