Damon Jiggetts

Damon Jiggetts

Chief Executive Officer
Damon Jiggetts, Chief Executive Officer for HEF, has made a career of servant leadership. Prior to joining HEF in July 2023, Damon served as Executive Director of Peter Paul for over 11 years, where he and his team of educators and community development professionals served children, families, and community members in the east end of Richmond. During his tenure, the organization expanded its footprint from one to six locations, completed a $5.5 million campaign, eliminated debt of over $1 million, and partnered with an array of organizations to support the needs of its students and families.

Damon’s career began with Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Richmond and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Roanoke Valley, where he was responsible for establishing school-based clubs. His experience with the Clubs shaped his purpose for supporting youth initiatives and launched his profession in youth development. He served as Vice President of Operations for Communities in Schools (CIS) of Richmond, the national organization’s first fully accredited affiliate. During his time there, CIS expanded its reach throughout Richmond Public Schools and into Henrico County Public Schools.

His passion for the well-being of youth has fueled his efforts to address barriers that prohibit non-profit professionals and community leaders from fulfilling their passion and purpose.

Damon has founded or co-founded numerous initiatives, organizations, and networks: Red Wagon Youth Transportation Services, Ujima Legacy Fund, and the African American Nonprofit Leaders Coalition.

He is a recipient of Leadership Metro Richmond’s Servant Leadership Award in 2017, the Wallace Stettinius Award for Non-profit Excellence in 2014, and the Virginia Center of Inclusive Communities Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2020.