Meet Father Jeff Putthoff, SJ
Fr. Putthoff brings to SJJ a breadth of leadership expertise including strategic planning and execution, staff training and development, mission and vision planning, fundraising, budget planning and management, strategic and tactical operations, organizational development, cultural competencies and mentoring.
Fr. Putthoff spent 16 years building Hopeworks ‘N Camden in Camden, NJ, an organization that uses trauma informed care to train youth, ages 14-23, in website design, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Salesforce technology. As the founder and executive director of the organization, Fr. Putthoff cultivated the relationships and created the framework for the organization that included three social enterprises. Hopeworks has worked with over 3,000 youth in one of the poorest and most underserved communities in America to transform their lives. Hopeworks youth have gained real-world work experience through using their technical training and skills with over 450 business clients. Many of the youth have gone on to earn their GED, attain internships and attend and complete college, and find rewarding jobs.
In addition to building an innovative and effective non-profit organization for youth, Fr. Putthoff has also served as an Ignatian Retreat Director in Philadelphia, PA, an Associate Pastor at Holy Name Parish in Camden, NJ and a high school teacher at St. Louis University High School in St. Louis, Missouri.
He has a Bachelor of Philosophy from St. Louis University and four Master’s Degrees: a Master in Organizational Dynamics from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Theology from Weston School of Theology, a Master of Divinity also from Weston School of Theology and a Master of English from Loyola University, Chicago.