Bringing A Global Perspective to Nonprofit Leadership (Jennifer Garner)   

November 2020

How do you incorporate your previous nonprofit leadership experiences in a way that strengthens your current work?  Jennifer Garner has built an impressive resume on the way to her current position at the University of Denver, including international advancement work at two institutions in the United Kingdom. While the experiences are impressive in and of themselves, she also does a fantastic job of lifting up key bits of advice and resources she's utilized throughout her career, and shares how she continues to incorporate these experiences into the work she's doing right now. Check out our conversation in episode #71 of the Path Podcast for take-aways that you can apply to any stage of your career, as well as to those you're leading at your nonprofit organization.

"We have to look more holistically at what makes a good development officer, because it is an art and a science."


Jennifer has worked at the University of Denver since June 2016 as the Executive Director of Development for the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences where she is responsible for the fundraising from 29,000 alumni and in the last year four years has been part of a team that generated $20M in philanthropic support from alumni, parents, foundations and individuals. She has 25 years' experience in international external relations including fundraising, marketing, alumni relations, communications, annual giving and operations. Prior to DU, she worked at Trinity College Cambridge where she launched the first major gifts program and integrated alumni relations and annual giving program. She was the Deputy Director of Development at King's College London, where she helped to design, brand and launch the university's £500m fundraising campaign. Jennifer has also worked in Advancement at Queens University of Charlotte and Chatham University and in Admissions at the University of Evansville and Queens College. She has a Master's Degree in nonfiction writing and a BA in English.