Jill Bassett has been appointed the new associate dean and director of the Priscilla King Gray Public Service Center (PKG). She will succeed Kate Trimble, who has been balancing the oversight of PKG while performing her new role as senior associate dean and director of the Office of Experiential Learning (OEL). Bassett will begin at PKG on Sept. 18.
Bassett is currently principal for her own consultancy, Biscayne + Charles, focusing on strategy, program development, and stakeholder and community engagement for government, policy, health, and human services organizations.
â€œIâ€™m confident that Jill has just the right skill set to lead the center into its next chapter, and that sheâ€™ll be a great addition to the wise, creative, and effective team already in place at PKG,â€� says Trimble. â€œSheâ€™s curious and a good listener, personable and energetic, and smart and strategic.â€�
Previously she held dual roles at Florida International University. As the executive director of University Foundation Relations, she worked across FIUâ€™s campuses to build strong relationships with philanthropies and secure critical resources for the university and community partners. As strategic adviser to the dean of the College of Public Health and Social Work, Bassett partnered with students, staff, faculty, and university leadership to revamp the college.
She also worked at Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services, where she provided strategic leadership. Throughout her career, Bassett has shared her knowledge of strategy, program development, stakeholder and community engagement, and government/policy with organizations and individuals striving to make communities healthier.
Bassett holds a masterâ€™s degree from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and a bachelorâ€™s degree in anthropology from Amherst College.