Jayne Bentzen’s passion is her belief that all public schools should be equally excellent, a conviction that has motivated two decades of charitable and philanthropic work. As board chair of the Benedict Silverman
Foundation, an organization she co-founded in 2012, Jayne initiated a partnership that paired Reading Rescue with the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University. Under Jayne’s leadership, Literacy Trust has expanded to include a full staff and a new headquarters in New York City, enabling Reading Rescue to reach even more children in public schools. Jayne and her late husband, Benedict Silverman, have supported Literacy Trust and Reading Rescue for more than 20 years.
Prior to her work as an advocate for children’s literacy, Jayne enjoyed success as a working actor in New York City and nationally. Her extensive credits include film, stage, and television roles. Jayne continues to champion the arts through her support for organizations including Lincoln Center and New York’s Public Theatre. Her philanthropic efforts also encompass international aid and relief through the International Rescue Committee, Plan International, and charity: water. She is an engaged member of her community in Washington, CT, where she has held board positions at the Washington Art Association and Greenwoods Counseling Referrals. In her free time Jayne is an avid gardener, whose Connecticut home and gardens have been featured in Traditional Home, Cottages & Gardens, and the New York Times.