Jennifer is a Managing Director in the Strategic Communications Division of The Glover Park Group, specializing in crises; high-profile and high-stakes organizational moments such as negotiations, mergers or leadership transitions; and strategic positioning, messaging and media counsel for the most public, complex and impactful situations. Clients across a broad range of challenges and industry sectors have included the NFL, American Beverage Association, LIVESTRONG Foundation, Gates Foundation, American Bankers Association, University of Denver, Committee for a Responsible Budget/Campaign to Fix the Debt, NPR, U.S. Embassy for the Arab Republic of Egypt and Uber.
Before joining GPG, Jennifer was a reporter with The Associated Press, most recently as AP’s chief White House correspondent. She covered the White House for most of the Bush presidency and the first two years of the Obama White House, chronicling presidential elections, nearly every major global story and presidential visits to all 50 states and more than 50 foreign countries. Jennifer became chief White House correspondent in 2008, leading the AP’s largest-ever White House team and assuming primary responsibility for national security and foreign affairs coverage for the world’s largest and oldest newsgathering organization.
Jennifer was elected in 2006 by her peers in the White House press corps to the board of the White House Correspondents Association, and served as WHCA president for the 2008-2009 year. In that position, she mediated disputes between the White House and the press corps, oversaw budget decisions related to travel and planning, and planned and emceed the first White House Correspondents Dinner of the Obama presidency.
Earlier in her journalism career, Jennifer covered a wide range of beats in Washington, including telecommunications, housing, environment, agribusiness, and the Sept. 11 response, and reported from Detroit and the Michigan statehouse. She previously worked for The Russ Reid Co. in Pasadena, Calif., a marketing firm for nonprofit organizations and as a nonprofit volunteer in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Directors of Horizons Greater Washington, a nonprofit that helps economically disadvantaged D.C. students achieve better academic outcomes. A native of Charlotte, NC, Jennifer received a degree in English and American studies from the University of Virginia and a Master of Science in Journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She lives with her husband, daughter and stepson in Chevy Chase, Maryland.