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Jen Simmons

Jennifer “Jen” Simmons has over 20 years’ experience in the public, high tech and non-profit sectors.  Jennifer is currently an independent consultant specializing in board governance, nonprofit management and interior design.

Jen is a BoardSource Certified Governance Trainer and is currently getting a Master’s Degree in Interior Architecture & Design from the Academy of Art University, San Francisco. 

Jen’s nonprofit experience includes serving as the Executive Director for the Center for Excellence in Nonprofits (CEN).  Prior to joining CEN, Jen worked with Habitat for Humanity Silicon Valley as their Executive Director and in 2012 she led the organization through a strategic merger.  Jennifer has also worked at Infineon Technologies and for local County and State elected officials. 

Jennifer is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow - Class 31, a 2010 graduate of CEN’s Leadership Institute and, in 2012, she was named one of the "100 Women of Influence in Silicon Valley" by the San Jose Business Journal.  Jennifer’s community involvement includes membership in the San Jose Downtown Rotary Club where she is very involved in the Enterprise Leadership Program that trains high school juniors business planning skills.  Jennifer holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Santa Cruz in Political Science.