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Jennifer Dreher

Director of Programs

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From conception to implementation, Jennifer’s mantra of “design to deliver” enables her to advise clients to develop bold approaches to addressing some of the world’s most intractable challenges – and then realize their vision by implementing pragmatic and sustainable programs.

Jennifer has worked with clients such as the Girls First Fund, The Freedom Fund, and Malala Fund to design, set-up, and implement grantmaking and capacity building programs across the world. From collaborative donor funds to stand-alone initiatives, she works with each client to foster transformative and trusting relationships between donors and grantee-partners that go beyond financial support. She has a strong commitment to rights-based approaches and believes in the power of supporting community-based organizations to develop local solutions and influence decisions that affect their communities.

Jennifer combines her systematic focus on outcomes and process with a passion for social justice, gender equality, and women and girls’ rights. Grounded in both, she leads high performing teams to develop and implement technically sound grantmaking and capacity building programs that reduce barriers and increase impact and efficiency. In this role, Jennifer has led a team granting over $25 million to community-based organizations addressing human trafficking across four countries and developed a leadership and movement building program supporting frontline girls’ education advocates. She also serves on Geneva Global’s senior leadership team, helping to shape the company’s strategic direction.

Jennifer’s broad experience as a direct service provider, implementer, and funder shapes her advice to clients. Previous to joining Geneva Global, Jennifer directed grantmaking and technical assistance at the International Women’s Health Coalition and led the Anti-Trafficking Program at Safe Horizon, one of the leading anti-trafficking programs in the U.S. Jennifer has also lived in Sierra Leone while working with the International Rescue Committee, in Ecuador while at UNIFEM (now part of UN Women), and in the Dominican Republic as a Peace Corps volunteer. Jennifer is an expert on human trafficking and its intersections with gender-based violence, migration and immigrant rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, economic empowerment, and youth development.

Jennifer holds a M.A. in sustainable international development from the Heller School of Social Policy at Brandeis University and a B.S. from Bentley University.

Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?

In partnership with the Freedom Fund, Geneva Global supports one of the largest anti-slavery initiatives in the world. The core focus of their grantmaking is to invest in community-based organizations who are working on the ground to affect change.  This is the most effective way to achieve impact.

What three words would you use to describe your colleagues?

Tireless, inquisitive, gracious

How many countries have you visited?

I’ve lived in five countries on four continents, and have visited an additional 25 countries.

What’s your best travel advice?

Find your travel super powers.  Mine are sleeping on planes and having a steel stomach.  I love being an adventurous eater and discovering new culinary delights!