Jennifer Fernandez, M.P.P.
Jennifer Fernandez, MPP, has an extensive background in nonprofit management and community development and, she currently serves as co-chair for the ABMF Grants Management Committee. In the organization’s inaugural grantmaking year, Jennifer led the grants application and review process, managing a committee of volunteers that evaluated $70,000 in donation requests.
For more than ten years, Jennifer has worked in housing and economic development in both San Francisco and Washington, DC. Jennifer found her passion for community development issues while interning for former San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar. This internship allowed her to work directly with constituent affairs and interact with a myriad of local government agencies. It sparked her interest in her undergraduate thesis on gentrification in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood, where rising costs threatened the historic Filipino community.
Following the completion of her degree, she worked at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation in their San Francisco Bay Area office. Jennifer relocated to Washington, DC to pursue her graduate degree in public policy at American University. At American, Jennifer was awarded the Reilly Scholarship in Environmental Governance and Leadership. During the course of her degree, Jennifer served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at NeighborWorks America, a nationwide network organization of community development affiliates. At NeighborWorks, Jennifer helped manage the green affiliate program, which provided additional grants for NeighborWorks affiliates who fit criteria to create more environmentally friendly practices. Following her year of service with VISTA, she worked as a housing analyst for the AARP Foundation where she managed aging-in-place grant programs to help older adults retrofit and repair their homes for safe aging. Following the completion of her MPP, Jennifer joined the community development team at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors.
Jennifer is formerly the Chair of the AmeriCorps Alumni DC Chapter. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of San Francisco and a Master’s in Public Policy from American University. She identifies as Chicana and Angeleno, born and raised in the suburbs of the City of Angeles. She has a large, multi-ethnic family and enjoys the diversity of company and food when they all have a chance to see each other. She is familiar with the struggles of eradicating the stigma of mental health and wellness in her community.
Jennifer became a certified yoga instructor in 2016 to bring the benefits of good mental health that yoga offers to marginalized communities.