Foundation Beginnings

The Jubitz Family Foundation was established in 2001 following the sale of DAT Services, a division of Jubitz Corporation, in the belief that community giving should continue at a level equal to or greater than was done historically by DAT Services. Initial funding came from Al and Nancy Jubitz and their three daughters, Elizabeth, Katherine and Sarah. The Foundation is independent of and therefore not affiliated with Jubitz Corporation.

The Jubitz Family Foundation reflects a strong multi-generational commitment to community service and philanthropy. This commitment was exemplified by the founders’ father and grandfather, Monroe A. Jubitz, Sr. Al Jubitz continued his father’s tradition first at DAT and Jubitz Corporation and now through the Jubitz Family Foundation with his children. The goal of the Jubitz Family Foundation is to sustain or exceed the level of community support that was established at the corporate level. The founders believe that thoughtful giving to outstanding organizations contribute significantly to stronger communities.

Founding Directors

M. Albin (Al) Jubitz, Jr., retired Co-Chairman of Jubitz Corporation, has been active in non-profit organizations for many years. A native Oregonian, Al graduated from Beaverton High School, Yale University, and the University of Oregon School of Business. Al is a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum of Oregon. He has served or is serving on the boards of the United Way of the Columbia-Willamette, Pacific Crest Outward Bound, Portland Schools Foundation, Energy Trust of Oregon and the Oregon Peace Institute. He currently serves on the National Advisory Board of Environmental Defense Fund and on the Leadership Council at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He is Director Emeritus of Morrison Child and Family Services and an emeritus trustee of Outward Bound Wilderness School. He is also the past President of the Rotary Club of Portland. He is passionate about world peace, environmental stewardship and the needs of at-risk children.

Elizabeth (Betsy) Jubitz Sayler, MD, is a physician of internal medicine. Betsy received a B.A. from Yale University and completed her medical training at the University of Washington. She and her family live in Spearfish, South Dakota.

Katherine (Kathy) H. Jubitz, a graduate of Skidmore College, lives in Hood River, Oregon with her family.

Sarah C. Jubitz received a B.S from Trinity College in Hartford, CT and her Masters in Clinical Exercise Physiology from Northeastern University in Boston. She currently lives in Boston with her husband and works at a nearby hospital.

Our Staff and Advisors

Sybil Ackerman-Munson, Executive Director

Manages Environment Portfolio


Sybil is a consultant and advisor for philanthropic institutions and individuals interested in high impact grant making. Sybil was employed by many prestigious environmental organizations in her career, such as the National Wildlife Federation, Audubon Society of Portland, Sierra Club, and the Oregon League of Conservation Voters. She also has her J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, a Masters from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, and a B.S from Scripps College. Sybil has served on numerous boards and negotiating teams to solve solutions to complex policy challenges.

She is a member of the Oregon Board of Forestry and has served on the Environmental Justice Task Force, the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board, the Nearshore Ocean Task Force, the Governor’s Panel on Oregon and California Lands, the Steens Mountain negotiating team, the Habitat Conservation Plan Public Interest Committee, and the State Forest Management Plan Subcommittee.

In her free time, she is an avid horse back rider and loves to be outdoors with her family and friends.



Patrick T. Hiller

Manages Peace Portfolio


Patrick holds a Ph.D. in Conflict Analysis and Resolution. He is the Executive Director of the War Prevention Initiative by the Jubitz Family Foundation and teaches in the Conflict Resolution Program at Portland State University. His writings and research are almost exclusively related to the analysis of war and peace where he also contributes on a regular basis to mainstream media through op-ed commentaries.

Patrick is member of the Executive Committee of the Governing Council of the International Peace Research Association and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Peace Research Association Foundation. He is on the Coordinating Committee of World Beyond War, member of the Advisory Council of the organizations International Cities of Peace and PeaceVoice/PeaceVoiceTV, member of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Peace Institute, as well as member of the Peace and Justice Studies Association. In his free time, Patrick enjoys the outdoors and is a committed triathlete. He lives in Hood River, Oregon with his wife and son.

Shannon Nelson

Manages Child Education and Welfare Portfolio


Shannon is an educator with extensive international experience in Early Childhood Development and learning environments. She currently works as a Program Officer for the Jubitz Family Foundation where she successfully manages grant making for their children and families area.

Shannon has worked as an educator in Ghana, China, Thailand, and Indonesia where she learned the importance of dynamic learning environments and building strong classroom communities through collaborative learning experiences and meaningful contexts. She passionately believes that all young children deserve opportunities in early childhood to cultivate a lifelong passion for learning and exploration.

Prior to her teaching experience, Shannon planned domestic and international conferences around the world for high level personalities. She currently owns a fair-trade business out of Indonesia, which supports local artisan villages.

Shannon has a Master’s degree in Teaching specializing in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education, and a B.S. in Business Commerce with a major in Marketing from Santa Clara University.