Director of Consulting
Dr. Obinna has been conducting research, program evaluation and strategic planning efforts for approximately 20 years. Though she has worked on hundreds of research and evaluation projects spanning a vast array of topics, her areas of emphasis has been primarily dedicated to organizational development, preventing violence against women, racial disparities in the criminal justice system and understanding the effectiveness of mental health interventions in community contexts.

Brings to the Team

  • An effective facilitative leadership style
  • Expertise in participatory and action-oriented research
  • A specialty in evaluation capacity-building and empowerment evaluation
  • Skills with both qualitative and/or quantitative methods
  • An extensive tool kit of innovative approaches to planning and program evaluation
  • Rich experiences in managing multi-year, multi-site, complex efforts

Work Experience

  • The Improve Group, Director of Consulting (2017–present)
  • The Improve Group, Research & Evaluation Director (2013–2017)
  • University of Minnesota, School of Medicine (2012-2013)
  • World Bridge Research (2005-2013)
  • Council on Crime and Justice (2002-2005)
  • Rainbow Research, Inc. (2001-2002)


  • Ph.D. in Social Welfare, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) University Of Wisconsin - Madison
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Work, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Brings to the Community

  • Jennifer is Community Faculty for the Social Work at the University of Minnesota

Beyond the Bio

Jennifer's leisure pursuits include painting with acrylics, taking black and white still-life photos, playing the trumpet and scuba diving. Her guilty pleasure is riding roller coasters.