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Jasmin DeForrest

Managing Director, Creativity

Heinz Endowments

Pronouns: she/her

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Jasmin DeForrest is the managing director of Creativity at The Heinz Endowments. She is responsible for leading the Creativity portfolio at the Endowments through designing, implementing and assessing the impact of the grantmaking strategy while building an extensive community network to help produce a thriving arts sector.

A Detroit native, Jasmin’s career in arts, culture, and program development includes serving as senior director of Arts and Culture at the Detroit-based Gilbert Family Foundation, where she worked prior to joining the Endowments in 2024. Her professional experience also includes community sponsorships director for the Rocket Community Fund, a sister organization to the Gilbert Family Foundation, and special events director at The Parade Company, which presents and promotes America’s Thanksgiving Parade in Detroit.