Jennifer Hawkins

Jennifer Hawkins is our executive director. She has twenty years of experience in the nonprofit community development and housing sectors, working in several cities including San Francisco, New York, Boston, and Providence. She understands how to organize diverse partners, navigate an environment with unrelenting demand for scarce resources, and improve the health and equity of communities.

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.

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