Jennifer Davis leads the strategy and curation of The Philanthropy Workshop’s global community which encompasses the holistic member journey from learning and connection to action and impact. For nearly 20 years, her professional background has combined global development, media, and philanthropy and she has worked in communications, development, and program design and delivery. Before joining TPW, she served as senior program officer for the Institute for Philanthropy, whose mission was to increase effective philanthropy in the United Kingdom and internationally. Previously, Jennifer led development activities at American Documentary, producer of PBS’s award-winning social issue documentary series POV. Jennifer spent the first decade of her career living and working in diverse international development contexts, including conducting stakeholder surveys to assess local readiness for REDD+ implementation and community-based natural resource management in Indonesia; carrying out socio-impact surveys of dam-displaced populations in Laos; coordinating a public-private partnership targeting SMEs in Turkey; supporting human rights advocacy in Turkey; fundraising for nutrition and rural farming initiatives in Mexico; developing social marketing campaigns for migrant populations at highest risk for HIV infection in China; and editing a bilingual news magazine in Taiwan.
She serves on the board of the Sall Family Foundation and as vice chair of the board of the Robert Flaherty Film Seminar, the longest-running film event in North America. Jennifer graduated from Scripps College with a dual B.A. in political science and cultural studies and completed her Master of International Affairs at Columbia University with a focus on East Asian economic and political development.
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