Senior Writer & Editor
A former reporter, Jennifer’s role at The Improve Group brings together her keen interest in understanding diverse topics and trends with her delight in “nerding out” on data and research. She joined IG with more than a decade of nonprofit communications and fund development experience—working in the areas of research and evaluation, capacity building and systems change. Jennifer is a natural connecter, and continually looks for ways to get the word out about the great work we do at The Improve Group.

Brings to the team

  • A strategic, analytical and competitive approach to communications and marketing
  • Strong writing and storytelling skills
  • Deep knowledge of local, state and national trends in programming, research and evaluation
  • Creative energy and big-picture ideation tempered by practical realism
  • Desire to help make our world better

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group (2017 – Present)
  • Wilder Center for Communities, Wilder Foundation, Program Developer (2012 – 2016)
  • Wilder Research, Wilder Foundation, Senior Communications and Development Specialist (2007 – 2012)
  • Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery, Grants Manager (2005 – 2007)
  • Minnesota Monthly, Senior Writer (2001 – 2002)
  • FoodService News, Editor (2001)
  • Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Staff Reporter (1999 – 2000)
  • Minnesota Women’s Press, Staff Writer, Assistant Editor (1996 – 1998)


  • Bachelor of Arts, Macalester College

Brings to the Community

  • Active member and volunteer with the Leadership Saint Paul Masters program for the Leadership Saint Paul (leadership program of the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce) alumni network
  • Community volunteer

Beyond the Bio

Originally from Indiana, Jennifer proudly calls St. Paul her adopted home. In her non-work time, she enjoys reading, knitting, cooking and working on fixing up her 105-year-old home.  She often can be spotted walking around the lakes with her rescued Vizsla, Alice.