Compton Foundation, Program Director
Redwood City, California
Jen manages Compton’s grantmaking programs in environment, peace, and reproductive health, and represents the Foundation in the nonprofit and philanthropic communities, as well as serving as program officer in the environment field. In its grantmaking, the Compton Foundation seeks a balanced and healthy relationship between humans, other life, and the planet. Jen’s environment portfolio covers grantmaking in the fields of fresh water, climate change, and community-based conservation in the western United States. She also leads a family grants program in sustainable food systems, youth, the arts, and spirituality. Jen has been working on sustainability issues for the past fifteen years, with a focus on natural resource based economies and collaborative decision-making.
Prior to joining Compton, she worked on a variety of community-led projects in California, Montana, and the Pacific Northwest. She conducted post-doctoral research on sustainable food systems in northern California, and completed her PhD at UC Berkeley in the Department of Environmental Science, Policy and Management. She received her BA from Stanford University in Human Biology (concentration in Environmental Policy) and English in 1994. Jen serves on the Boards of the Pesticide Action Network North America and the Switzer Foundation, as well as the Advisory Board of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund.
Updated May 2011.
Expertise: Agriculture and Food, Art and Culture, Children and Youth, Climate Change, Energy, Environment, Families, Forestry, Renewable Technologies, Rural, Social Justice, Water, Women
Sector: Business, Health, Philanthropy, Research
Geography: North America, United States, West, USA