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Media Fellow Alumni: 2012-Global2015-Global

JENNIFER LENTFER

Jennifer Lentfer - Boehm Media Fellow

Title/Company: Director of Communications

Based In: Washington, DC USA

Geographic Focus: Southern Africa, India, Nepal, Mexico, Guatemala

Areas of Expertise: Grassroots organizations, community development, responsive grant making

Websitehow-matters.org/

LinkedInlinkedin.com/in/jenniferlentfer

Twitter:  @intldogooder

Facebookfacebook.com/howmatters

BIOGRAPHY

(All biographical info is from 2015. For latest bio, please visit Fellow’s website, LinkedIn, or other social media profiles).

Given that her hometown of Bruning, Nebraska, USA has a population of just 248 people, it’s no wonder that Jennifer Lentfer found her true calling in accompanying small, local organizations to be strong forces for social change. Jennifer has worked with over 300 grassroots organizations in east and southern Africa over the past decade.

In 2010, she created the blog how-matters.org to help place community-driven initiatives, which can be more genuinely responsive to local needs, at the forefront of international aid, philanthropy, and social enterprise. She was named as one of Foreign Policy Magazine’s “100 women to follow on Twitter” at @intldogooder and is currently the Director of Communications at IDEX.

Jennifer is constantly looking for ways to portray the realities of people’s lives, their struggles, their strengths – as well as outsiders’ roles and mistakes – in an impatient, “silver bullet solutions” world. Last year with her students at Georgetown University, she published “The Development Element: Guidelines for the future of communicating about the end of global poverty” and she is currently co-editing a book that features the growing community of international small grant makers that find and fund effective grassroots leaders around the world.

Jennifer has served with various international organizations in Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, and the US, including Oxfam, the Red Cross, UNICEF, Catholic Relief Services, and Firelight Foundation. She holds a Master of International Development degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

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