Born in England and raised in New England, Jennifer headed south for college. She was a Morehead Scholar and earned a BA in English from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. A Luce Fellowship took her to live and work in Thailand. She worked at McKinsey & Co in New York and then headed west for graduate school. At UC Berkeley Jennifer completed the coursework for an MA in Asian Studies. She finally came to rest on the Peninsula, enrolling at Stanford and earning an MBA from the Graduate School of Business and an MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from the School of Education.
For nine years Jennifer worked at Menlo School serving as, among other things, Middle School Director. During her tenure, Menlo's middle school went coed, added 6th grade, and built a new campus. The mother of three girls, Jennifer left the workforce for eleven years. She continued to be involved in independent schools serving on the Board of Trustees for Groton School, Castilleja, and Phillips Brooks.
A long time admirer of GMS, Jennifer became a GMS parent in 2011. She joined the GMS faculty as Head of School in 2013.