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Jenn Roche

Senior Associate, Program Strategy and Learning, Movements & Media

Jenn is the Senior Associate of Program Strategy and Learning for Movements & Media at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. Jenn supports the Public Square team in fostering a culture of learning to inform and develop meaningful programmatic strategies, all within a complex and dynamic environment.

Jenn has been working in and around philanthropy for several years, most recently as an independent consultant specializing in strategic planning, impact and learning, grantee portfolio development, and funder collaboratives. Her efforts to advance gender equality and racial justice have focused on collective care for activists and journalists, health equity, and economic mobility. Her clients have included Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ms. Foundation, Horizon Foundation, AARP Foundation, UBS Foundation, and others.

While a master’s candidate, she ran a pro-bono consultancy project for the International Organization for Migration’s Nigeria Office on the intersection of armed conflict, climate change, and demographic changes in the Northwest region. Previously, Jenn was the Program Associate at the Case Foundation, where she supported operational programming, research, and impact measurement related to the foundation’s focus on inclusive entrepreneurship. Before that, Jenn worked at Third Way, a small think tank. As the Advisor for Strategy and Leadership Development, she ran the Fellows Program and supported policy advisors to put their best ideas forward.

Jenn holds a master’s degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University’s School of International Service and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University.

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