Jaye Lopez Van Soest

Senior Director of Development

Jaye is a development executive with over 20 years experience working with nonprofits and foundations to advocate for social and economic justice.

As Senior Director of Development, Jaye leads a team charged with engaging and inspiring foundations and donors to help advance Fair Food Network’s mission of growing community health and wealth through food.

Previously, Jaye worked with the American Foundation for the Blind where she led development efforts to advocate for structural change to promote accessibility, equality, and opportunity for people who are blind or visually impaired. She also led development at Public Justice, which pursues high impact lawsuits to combat social and economic injustice, protect the Earth’s sustainability, and challenge predatory corporate conduct and government abuses. Her work also included development for University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, one of only six American Bar Association-accredited law schools at an HBCU in the nation. Jaye also held frontline development positions at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy and the Human Rights Campaign.

Jaye is a past president of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Washington, DC Chapter (AFP DC) and served on the board of directors for the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP Global).

Born and raised in suburban Los Angeles, Jaye graduated from the University of Southern California. She earned her initial CFRE (Certified Fund Raising Executive) certification in 2010. She is based in Northern Virginia and lives with her spouse and two cuddly black Labrador Retriever mixes named Jack and Bella. She is a voracious reader and enjoys travel and opera and especially pairing those two things together.