Gena Lovett is a strategic thinker and natural problem solver, dedicated to developing the potential of women and minorities. As the Junior League of the City of New York’s first black President, she ushered the League into a new era.
A creative visionary, Gena oversaw the development and implementation of a three-year strategic plan as President of the Junior League of the City of New York from 2008-2010. The plan included a new governance structure, consisting of a Board of Directors and Management Council. To strengthen the Junior League of the City of New York’s impact in the community, Gena oversaw the community area realignment to four volunteer councils in the areas of outreach education, youth education, adult mentoring, and youth mentoring and reestablished the Community Advisory Council (CAC); By the end of her tenure as President, she had turned the League’s deficit into a surplus.
A member of Junior League of the City of New York since 1995, Gena is now a Sustainer. She has also been Treasurer of the Junior League of the City of New York, a member of the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) Board of Directors and Nominating Committee, and Chairman of the New York State Public Affairs Committee of the Junior League. Other leadership roles have included President of the Women’s Prison Association and the New York Women’s Agenda, and Treasurer of the Citizen Union and the Citizen Union Foundation.
Among her many awards and honors, Gena has graced the cover of ForbesWomen magazine, was named an outstanding volunteer by the Junior League of the City of New York, received the New York Women’s Agenda Rising Star award, NYU Alumni SCPS “Bert Bart Lawson Award” for Professional and Public Services, Women’s Prison Association “Isaac T. Hopper Award”, and was featured in the documentary series “NYC Women: Make it Here, Make it Happen.”
Gena is the Founder and Managing Partner of Little Wolf Capital and Consulting, which advises and creates financial partnerships for women, minorities, and emerging fund managers. She has over 20 years of experience in financial services.
Gena earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Philander Smith College and has a diploma in Financial Management from New York University School of Professional Studies.