Employee Spotlight

Jennifer Oie - April Featured Employee

Jennifer graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and International Studies and holds a master’s degree from American University in International Peace and Conflict Resolution. During her master’s program, she spent the summer interning for a nonprofit in South Africa that helped other organizations with grantmaking and grant application practices. Through this experience, Jennifer decided to work in the nonprofit field, where she has helped to start a small grant-making program at a nonprofit in St. Paul, written grants, led project evaluation and development teams, and worked as a nonprofit administrator. Outside of the office, Jennifer enjoys reading, quilting, running, and spending time with her husband and dog.

Briefly describe what you do in a day.

I write grant proposals, research potential funders for clients, and manage the grants workflow to ensure timely submissions.

What is the best part of your job?

I like getting to know a variety of different clients and writing about the great things our clients do to help their communities.

What is your proudest moment at JMA?

Helping a client obtain grant funding for their project.

What are three words to describe yourself?

Caring, motivated, organized

What’s one thing we wouldn’t necessarily know about you?

I love to run half marathons. I am definitely not fast, but I enjoy finishing a race!

What is the best meal you’ve had?

I loved my grandmother’s cooking. My mother and I try our best to replicate her recipes, which is difficult since most of them were not fully written down!

Jennifer - employee spotlight