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Jennifer Rogers-Petitt

Hometown: St. Paul, MN

Jennifer brings over 20 years of experience in the nonprofit and education sectors to her role at Elevate. With a strong passion for the transformative power of nonprofits and philanthropy, she is dedicated to creating a more just and equitable society, particularly for vulnerable and marginalized individuals. At Elevate, Jennifer is eager to establish meaningful connections with clients and provide them guidance to achieve their mission through fundraising.  Throughout her career, she has worked in various issue areas, assuming roles as a direct service provider, leader, and volunteer. She has led programs serving individuals affected by violence and poverty, worked in secondary and post-secondary education, and excelled as a grant writer and fundraiser, driving progress in workforce development, coalition-building, and access initiatives.

Jennifer holds an MA in Social Responsibility and Sustainable Communities, with a specialization in Gender and Women’s Studies from Western Kentucky University and a BA in Political Science from Troy University.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Jennifer finds daily humor and joy in raising her five children alongside her husband, Josh. She can often be found engrossed in a good book with a cup of coffee in hand or enjoying outdoor activities such as hiking with her family. Jennifer also loves live theater and discovers hidden talents during her family’s weekly sessions of Dungeons & Dragons and other tabletop games.

What is your hidden talent?

I can figure out a misdirect or surprise ending to a book or movie about 98% of the time. It makes me really appreciate when I can be surprised or caught off guard by something.

What punctuation mark would you be and why?

The punctuation mark I would be is absolutely the exclamation mark. I have been known to re-read email communications several times with the sole purpose of cutting back on the exclamation points!

What is your grammatical pet peeve?

My grammatical pet peeve is definitively the double negative.

What is your favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon?

My favorite way to spend a Sunday afternoon would be going for a hike or bike ride with my kids and husband. I would follow that up with a good book and cup of coffee.

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