Jennifer O’Brien currently serves as Program Director for the Community Foundation of Eastern Connecticut. Jennifer has more than 25 years’ experience working with non-profit organizations in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. She has focused her development work in education, health, and youth development and has worked in public relations, marketing, program development, strategic planning, and grant-making.
Since joining the staff at the Community Foundation, Jennifer has served as the liaison to the local nonprofit community, managing the distribution of more than $4 million in grants and scholarships annually. She oversees several Foundation committees and provides management and technical assistance to local nonprofit agencies.
Jennifer is a member of numerous professional affinity groups including the state-wide early childhood funders' group and the Connecticut Council for Philanthropy.
A native of southeastern Connecticut, Jennifer earned a B.A. from Georgetown University and attended Boston University’s Graduate School of Communications. Jennifer lives in Stonington.