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Jennifer O’Brien

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 grantmaking and bring home the funds to fuel important programs and progressive action. Prior to joining Elevate, Jen worked for over a decade in higher education focused on civic engagement and well-being, and most recently for a small international nonprofit supporting programs for women and children 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 completed the Georgetown University Executive Nonprofit Management Certificate Program in 2011.

Jen lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and young son. When not lounging around or playing hide-and-seek, Jen is cooking and drinking delicious wine with family and friends, attempting to garden, and hoping to one day to get back to reading all those books on the shelf.

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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