As Portfolio Manager for Latin America, Jennifer focusses on program implementation and local partnership development for Water.org programs and initiatives in Honduras and Peru. In addition, she assists in exploring and developing the entry strategy for Water.org in Brazil.
Jennifer's 20 year hybrid professional background includes 10 years in portfolio management at Lazard Asset Management in New York and London, UBS Wealth Management in Switzerland and at a start-up bank in Milan, Italy where she created Italy’s first sustainable equity fund.
In 2006 Jennifer moved to Brazil to apply her professional skills to generating not only economic, but also social impact by providing consulting and training services to local civil society organizations and entrepreneurs in various regions of Brazil. In 2013 she started her own company, Primavera Consultoria, delivering projects for clients including the Inter-American Development Bank, Vital Voices, WEConnect International, among others. She has served as a trusted local partner to international organizations seeking to enter the Brazilian market and also served on the board of two local nonprofits.
Commitment to Water.org
"After ten years working in rural and urban communities in Brazil I have witnessed how lack of access to safe drinking water and to sanitation can negatively impact children's development, social and economic empowerment of women and an entrepreneur's ability to run a business that provides for the family and contributes to community development. But the impact of the lack of water access goes way beyond this, indirectly influencing a country's social, economic and political environment. It is a big issue and I believe that Water.org's innovative, scalable and sustainable approach is one of the most effective ways to address the water crisis. I am honored to be part of the team."
Master's of Business Administration, Insper, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Bachelor's degree in French and Political Science, University of Missouri – St. Louis