Jennifer was elected as a public school board Trustee for Ward 15, Toronto Danforth in November 2014. Prior to her term as an elected official, Jennifer worked for over 25 years in the non-profit sector as a communications specialist and consultant. Specializing in “cause communications”, Jennifer has worked with a wide range of environmental, humanitarian, and social justice organizations and trade unions, providing expertise and advice to help craft winning campaigns and communications tools. These organizations include: MasterCard Foundation, World Animal Protection, AMAPCEO, Greenbelt Foundation, UNICEF, CUPE, Greenpeace, ACTRA and more.
Jennifer lives in Leslieville with her husband Rick and her two teenage sons. She became immersed in the issues facing her community when she first moved to Toronto in 2003 and began working for her former Member of Parliament Jack Layton. She then developed a passion for municipal politics while working for Toronto City Councilor Mike Layton when he began his first term in 2010.
When her kids started school, Jennifer became active in their school councils, and later served as a representative for her ward on the Parent Involvement Advisory Committee (PIAC) and the French as a Second Language Advisory Committee (FSLAC). This is where her interest in running for trustee began.
At the TDSB, Jennifer has served on the Program and School Services Committee (Chair for 2016-2017 and 2018-2020). She currently serves on the Finance, Budget and Enrolment Committee and also serves as one of four trustees on the Toronto Lands Corporation, a wholly-owned real estate and land use planning subsidiary of the TDSB. She was the Board’s representative to the City of Toronto’s School Boards Advisory Committee for 2014-2018. She has also served on the following advisory committees: Early Years; Aboriginal Community; Alternative Schools; Environmental Sustainability.