As the senior vice president of philanthropy, Jennifer Harris oversees planned and annual giving, strategic services, and prospect research and portfolio management. Working with her team and colleagues, Jennifer is focused on strategic, systematic growth. Specializing in research-driven solutions for nonprofit organizations throughout her career, she has a proven record of developing and harnessing strategic plans, community partnerships, board networks, strong teams, and relationships to drive significant fundraising outcomes.
Before the National Park Foundation, Jennifer was a senior vice president at Graham-Pelton, where she worked with national and global nonprofits to drive fundraising outcomes and operational excellence. Jennifer also previously worked at Northwestern Memorial Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Northwestern Medicine. While there, she developed and launched a comprehensive community granting program. Jennifer also created a strategic plan and strategy, which helped secure the largest historic gift at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage. Jennifer has served in numerous advancement roles, including Executive Director of Advancement at National Louis University (NLU), where she led the team to secure its most significant historical grants. Under her leadership at NLU, the organization more than tripled fundraising in four years.
Jennifer and her family are often out and about in DC. You might catch them hiking in Rock Creek Park or riding bikes around the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial.