Jen Sokolove is Director of Programs and Strategy at the Water Foundation, where she drives grantmaking to secure safe water for people, restore and sustain freshwater ecosystems, and build climate resilience. As a member of the senior management team, Jen helps implement the foundation’s overall mission and works closely with the CEO to engage new partners, develop campaign strategies, and grow field capacity. She has been working on sustainability issues for more than two decades, with a focus on community-based conservation. Prior to joining the Water Foundation, she led strategy and grantmaking at the Compton Foundation around movement-building and narrative in climate change, reproductive justice, and peace and security. She joined Compton initially to advance its environmental programs on fresh water, climate, and rural conservation in the western United States, as well as sustainable food systems and art for social change. Before Compton, Jen worked on a variety of community-led conservation projects in California, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. She serves on the boards of the Story of Stuff, EcoAdapt, and the Biodiversity Funders Group, and advisory board for the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at UC Santa Cruz. Jen conducted post-doctoral research on sustainable food systems in northern California and completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. Her academic research focused on collisions between environment and economy, particularly the processes of marketing, consumption, and investment that link natural resource industries to networks of urban capital. She received her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology (concentration in environmental policy) and English.
Fellow at a Glance
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy