As Managing Consultant, Jennifer is responsible for coordinating client service delivery for a portfolio of 20 – 25 clients through the management of a team of two Consultants as well as direct client work. Project work includes government funding applications, strategic plans, capitalization plans, market studies, CDFI certification, and reporting and compliance assistance.
Jennifer brings over fifteen years of CDFI experience focusing on strategies to assist low- and moderate-income individuals and families gain financial access. At FUND Consulting she has worked with over 30 organizations nationwide completing 45 funding applications which successfully raised $18.7 million for CDFI banks, credit unions, and loan funds. She has also completed eight strategic plans, five capitalization plans and ten CDFI Certification applications.
Prior to her work at FUND Consulting, she was the Manager/CEO of the North Side Community Federal Credit Union, a 43 year old community development credit union and CDFI located in Chicago. At North Side, she was in charge of grant proposal development, market research, product and program design, program implementation, compliance and reporting to federal, state, and local funders, private foundations, financial institutions, and investors. She also led North Side’s CDFI FA program application, its CDFI re-certification process and was frequently enlisted to train local and national audiences such as the NCUA on product and program development designed for low-to-moderate income consumers.
In addition to her CDFI credit union experience, she gained extensive knowledge of micro-enterprise development training and lending as the Director of Lending for the Economic and Community Development Institute (ECDI), a CDFI located in Columbus, Ohio. At ECDI, she managed small business loan funds for refugees, immigrants, and low-to-moderate income entrepreneurs and managed the largest IDA program in Ohio. She was also Program Manager for the Uptown Center Hull House Small Business Development Center in Chicago where she assisted small business owners with training, technical assistance, and access to capital. She has recently served on the Lutheran Child and Family Services’ Ways to Work Loan Committee and as a board member for the Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside).
Jennifer received her undergraduate degree in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University and holds a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago.