Jennifer has worked in senior-management positions with organizations that tackle the most pressing concerns for low-income individuals, including Women’s Development Corporation, Providence Housing Authority, Madison Park Development Corporation, and Breaking Ground. Over the years, her work has addressed issues of insecure and unaffordable housing; unsafe and physically blighted neighborhoods; and lack of access to parks, healthy foods, and community services. She previously served as the deputy executive director for Olneyville Housing Corporation from 2011 to 2015.
Jennifer received her masters of public administration from New York University and her bachelor of arts from Connecticut College. She serves on the planning board in Smithfield, RI, where she resides with her husband and daughter.
Most of her work has been dedicated to building stronger communities, working with residents in urban neighborhoods to improve the local quality of life by bolstering local economic opportunities and investing in the built environment. Her recent engagement in community development was done on the Southside of Providence, where she managed more than $20 million of housing and commercial development, much of it combining historic preservation with community-based real estate development. Her first professional acclaim was “The Best Lady Carpenter in the Upper Valley;” the “Upper Valley” referring to the upper valley of the Connecticut River, where, in the late 1970s, there were all of two female carpenters. After the hammer and saw lost their fascination, she pursued her interest in architecture, working on numerous award-winning educational, recreational and cultural projects.
Cynthia received her Bachelors of Architecture from Cornell University and her MURP from University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill.