As Seattle International Foundation’s (SIF) Partnerships Officer, Jennifer focuses on building strategic partnerships to expand SIF’s programs and bring additional funding to the organization’s focus areas.
Jennifer has over 18 years of professional experience in international development, community justice, public education and child welfare policy reform. She has worked in the nonprofit and public sectors, and as an independent consultant and a volunteer, both locally and abroad.
Before joining the Seattle International Foundation, Jennifer successfully directed a group of philanthropists to invest in revamping Washington State’s foster care and juvenile justice systems. Prior to this, Jennifer worked at the New York City Department of Education where she advised principals on how to improve human resources practices within their schools, and later helped found the Department’s data-driven public school improvement initiative. Also in New York City, Jennifer was the Deputy Director of the Midtown Community Court, the first problem solving community court in the United States, where she oversaw mental health services, job training, community service and operations.
As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala, Jennifer was the sole staff person at a human rights foundation and a key collaborator on an indigenous holocaust community museum, the first of its kind in Central America. Upon leaving, she established a scholarship program for indigenous high school students to pursue their education at boarding school.
Jennifer is fluent in Spanish, and holds a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies from Colby College and a Masters in Public Administration from New York University.