The Jandy Ammons Foundation Welcomes New Director

Local leader brings management experience and love of community to TJAF

Raleigh, NC – December 2, 2021 – The Jandy Ammons Foundation, a family foundation focused on funding shovel-ready capital projects throughout the community, will welcome a new executive director in January 2022. Jessie Ammons Rumbley brings communications and management expertise to the organization as it celebrates over $2 million in giving and approaches its tenth anniversary.

Jessie is a former journalist and magazine editor who has also worked in the nonprofit sector, giving her a unique perspective on the foundation’s mission and partners. “Jessie’s management and editing experience have demonstrated her attention to every detail and her ability to juggle a variety of personalities. We believe her passion for sharing celebratory stories and curiosity in finding them is a skill set that will serve The Jandy Ammons Foundation and its grant recipients well,” says Jan Ammons, TJAF President. Jessie is the daughter of co-founders Jan and Andy Ammons.

Jan and Andy started The Jandy Ammons Foundation in 2012 to improve local communities through grants supporting innovative, project-driven endeavors to enhance wildlife habitats, park settings, educational surroundings, artistic installations, or church mission projects. Jessie has served alongside her parents on TJAF’s Board of Directors since the foundation’s beginning, a role she will leave as she assumes the executive director position.

“I’m looking forward to serving The Jandy Ammons Foundation in a new way by leading the charge. It has been humbling and inspiring to witness firsthand how important it is to my parents to give back, and I’m grateful they chose to involve their kids in the process. I hope to carry the mission forward with fresh energy. TJAF grantees are diverse and amazing; these organizations are pillars of our community and I can’t wait to support their work.”

The leadership change marks the retirement of outgoing and founding executive director Gina Teague. “I feel blessed to have been part of the foundation since the beginning. I loved learning about the variety of nonprofits in the area and how much good they do, often with limited resources. I have been impressed by how powerful volunteer efforts can be, and it’s obvious how strongly each organization believes in what they are doing to make the community better. I’m thankful to have been part of every project that came to life.”

TJAF is a true family foundation; Jan Ammons, Andy Ammons, and their son Drew Ammons make up the Board of Directors, and their other son Max Ammons as well as son-in-law Chris Rumbley serve on committees within.

Letters of Inquiry for 2022 projects are being accepted through May 2, 2022. For more information on the grant proposal process, please visit