Jen grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, but returned to her roots in North Carolina in 2005. Her family is from Gaston County so she has strong ties to western North Carolina. She received a B.S. in business with a concentration in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and a master’s in accounting from North Carolina State University. She became a licensed Certified Public Accountant and established her professional career as an auditor with McGladrey & Pullen (now RSM). She had clients from a variety of industries, but her passion for purposeful small business and entrepreneurship lead her toward not-for-profit work.
Jen started working at the NC Rural Center in 2012 and takes pride in knowing that she is crunching numbers for a good cause. She resides in Raleigh with her husband, Andrew, and her son, Pierce. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, reading, and traveling.