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Designer & Brand Manager

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Hey, I'm Jen.


I am an experienced designer and communicator. I currently work as the Director of Marketing & Communications at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. I am also an adjunct instructor in the UF CJC’s online graduate program.

I am a passionate design advocate who loves to help build strong and adaptable brands. I am an educator, a facilitator, and an ambassador for using design as a way to solve problems, find innovative solutions, and build better systems. 


Idaho State University, Pocatello, ID

BA, Mass Communication specializing in visual communications - graphic design

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

MA, Mass Communication specializing in
web design and online communication

Service Orgs & Roles

AIGA | the professional association for design

Gainesville Tech Association Board Member - 2017

StartupGNV Advisory Council Member - 2019

Recent Presentations, Talks & Judging:

2019 AIGA Leadership Retreat // Atlanta, GA

  • Mainstage: IBM + AIGA Enterprise Design Thinking in Community

  • Breakout: UNITE, Collaborations with Local Government and Nonprofits for Community Impact

Gainesville UX Meetup // March 2020

"Design is about Communication"

2020 Netflix + Adobe Creative Jam Off-Air Judge

GNVirtual Conference // May 2020

"Designing Community"

AIGA Miami's Designing for Empathy Workshop

2018 Gainesville BarCamp Featured Session

"Don't Just Make it Look Pretty"

2018 Community of Communicators Summit, University of Florida

"Design as Problem Solving"

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