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Jennifer O’Brien

Senior Director
Hometown: Glenview, IL

Having grown up in a family with a strong sense of social justice, Jen is driven to the work at Elevate for the chance to work on a variety of social issues. Jen is a problem solver and strategic thinker who loves to help nonprofit clients find their voice in grant writing to support important programs and progressive action. Prior to joining Elevate, Jen worked for over a decade on a project in higher education focused on civic engagement and well-being, and consulted for a small international nonprofit focused on women and children’s education and empowerment in the Middle East.

Jen earned a Master of Public Policy with a concentration in Philosophy and Social Policy, as well as a bachelor’s degree majoring in Psychology and Women’s Studies, both from The George Washington University in Washington, DC. She also has a Certificate from the Georgetown University Executive Nonprofit Management Program.

Jen lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and young son. When not playing hide-and-seek or building couch cushion forts, Jen is attempting to garden and cooking meals for family and friends.

What's your favorite thing to do in DC?

Sit on the steps of the Lincoln at midnight.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

A question mark…I’m curious about everything.

What's your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

Well, I do it on Saturdays, but cooking a gourmet meal for friends and family. And then eating it.

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