Jen is Director of Programs and Strategy at the Water Foundation, which is focused on transforming water use and management in the American West to support thriving human and natural communities. She came to the Water Foundation from the Compton Foundation, where she led funding programs in leadership and storytelling to advance positive social and environmental change. She previously directed grantmaking portfolios at Compton on climate change, fresh water, rural sustainability, food systems, and art/activism. Jen has been working on sustainability issues for more than 20 years, with a focus on natural resource-based economies and collaborative decision-making. Prior to joining Compton, Jen worked on a variety of community-led projects in California, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. She 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 contemporary 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 in 1994. She serves on the board of EcoAdapt and the advisory board for Carpe Diem West.
Fellow at a Glance
Natural Resource Management
Sustainable Agriculture and Food Policy