A committed advocate for social justice, Jennifer began her career as a community organizer and project development manager with Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, a federally funded, non-profit. Working in cities as diverse in size and ethnic make-up as Minneapolis/St. Paul, Des Moines, St. Louis and Los Angeles, Jennifer managed the development of four Neighborhood Housing Services programs, which were among the first programs in the country to systemically combat banking and insurance industry redlining of older, urban neighborhoods.
Later, Jennifer brought her passion for social justice to the position of Deputy Development Director for Western Center on Law and Poverty, a statewide legal services center providing access to justice for low-income Californians in the areas of health, housing, and public benefits. After relocating to Amherst, Jennifer served as Assistant Development Director for VentureWell in Hadley, where she secured grant funding to support faculty and students developing biomedical and clean energy technology, especially focused on low-resourced communities throughout the U.S. and around the world.
Jennifer represented Precinct 10 in Town Meeting. Currently, she chairs the Local Historic District Commission and is a member of Community for Better Planning. A graduate of Brown University and the Coro Foundation Fellowship in Public Affairs, she is the mother of two daughters and recently welcomed a grandson.