Having worked on high-impact initiatives in New York, Washington, DC, and Los Angeles, Jennifer Childress brings a broad and entrepreneurial perspective to the social enterprise.
Before coming to UNCF, Jennifer served as managing director of development at Communities in Schools Los Angeles, an organization dedicated to surrounding students with a community of support, empowering them to stay in school and achieve in life. While there, she launched the organization's first Giving Tuesday fundraising initiative, doubled annual campaign revenues and significantly increased annual gala revenue. Before joining the CISLA team, Jennifer was senior director of development at Jumpstart Southern California. She joined Jumpstart as the organization's first development staff member, where she developed and executed the strategy for raising revenue, ensuring long-term sustainability and promoting the Jumpstart brand locally. During her time at Jumpstart, Jennifer built a strong team, cultivated a stable revenue pipeline, launched the region's marketing and communications efforts, and created the Board of Young Philanthropists, a group of local young leaders who raise funds and awareness for Jumpstart. She also worked closely with the advisory board, supported national strategic projects, and served as a member of the Southern California Leadership Team and the national Implementation Team. Jennifer came to Jumpstart from her role as executive director of Peer Health Exchange, where she led a small, talented team to build the board, increase revenue and increase programmatic delivery—on-mission by nearly 50 percent. Prior to her position at PHE, Jennifer was chief of staff at Phipps Community Development Corporation and a legislative assistant at the NAACP's Washington Bureau.
She is a member of the Los Angeles Junior Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and a soprano in the Angel City Chorale. She has also previously served as co-chair of the Jumpstart Board of Young Philanthropists, a member and co‑founder of Young Associates of the New York Choral Society and a member of the board of directors of Creative Alternatives of New York.
Jennifer was raised in Southern California and earned her bachelor's degree from Pepperdine University, where she is a member of the Black Alumni Council.