Director of Government Affairs

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As CTIPP’s Director of Government Affairs, Jen is responsible for developing and advancing our specific policy priorities by bringing the trauma campaign's values, resources, and voices to Capitol Hill, federal agencies, and the White House.


Jen has nearly ten years of experience advancing trauma-informed policy and practices through grassroots movement building, advocacy, and writing policy. Most recently, Jen served a Member of Congress in the U.S. House of Representatives for three years. As Policy Advisor, Jen worked on trauma, environment, appropriations, and financial services policy issues. Jen has a Master of Arts degree in Gender Studies and Public Policy from George Washington University. 


Jen lives in Washington, D.C., with Jen’s partner and dog (named Sunshine!). Outside of working, Jen enjoys vegan restaurants, dog training, biking, and traveling to warm locations. 


  • What brings you to this work? A desire to be of service and end suffering, combined with the knowledge that trauma is at the root of so many problems currently being addressed with bandaids and in silos – we must change that.

  • What helps you maintain a balanced life? My spiritual practice, incredibly kind and fun friends, and my colleagues at CTIPP who allow me to be a whole person with hobbies and passions outside of work that deserves my time, too. 

  • Top 3 Podcasts: The Daily, Dharma If You Dare, Armchair Expert with Dax Shepard