As program director at Geneva Global, Jennifer advances outcome-oriented philanthropy, particularly in emerging donor markets. She has worked closely with dozens of organizations across global health and development sectors, generating innovative solutions for how philanthropic giving can address some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
In China, she leads the creation of collaborative models for change in under-resourced issues like early childhood development and support for people with disabilities. Jennifer has also overseen multiple partnership and research initiatives focused on China’s growing philanthropic sector, as well as advised organizations on creating effective giving programs and identifying resource mobilization opportunities in Asia.
Jennifer is a trusted advisor to donors, foundation teams, and social sector leaders, with over a decade of experience in strategy development and execution, partnership building, grants portfolio management, and issue messaging and communications. Her experience from previous roles in production and management in arts organizations led Jennifer to appreciate the powerful role that language, image, and story play in communicating for social change.
She holds an MBA in international economic development and a BA in art history.
What’s your favorite travel site or project to visit and why?
Every time I visit Guangzhou Golden Ribbon, a Chinese nonprofit, I get incredibly inspired. They are totally amazing, having grown since 2012 from a few parent volunteers just trying to do something meaningful, to now being the leading organization in China working with families of children with cancer. Golden Ribbon multiplies impact by supporting peer organizations throughout the country to implement quality programs. The best part of my visits is talking with the parents, who are bursting with gratitude for how Golden Ribbon has helped their children.
What’s an interesting fact that others would not know about you?
I’ve yet to meet someone that can beat me in a thumb war.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The best part is knowing that if I bring enough creativity, resilience, and grit to the work, I will see change happen. I love that our team thrives on doing more with less and gets excited about opportunities to innovate.
What book, film, or quote has shaped the way you think?
My favorite film is Rushmore. It reminds me that generosity and friendship make us human, and that we need more of both in our lives despite us all being hopelessly flawed. It’s sweet and funny and is perfect for when I need a good cry.