"We're here for a reason. I believe a bit of the reason is to throw little torches out to lead people through the dark." Whoopi Goldberg
Jen has more than 25 years' experience helping nonprofit organizations change lives, strengthen communities and tell their stories effectively. She specializes in creative approaches that ignite growth.
Jen partners with executives, staff, board members, donors and volunteers to implement practices, design programs, build capacity, plan for the future, raise funds and communicate well. She has worked as a nonprofit lawyer, executive director, program supervisor, public sector leader, fundraiser, coach, board member, volunteer and advocate to achieve lasting organizational change.
Her approach is tailored to the vision, goals and values of each client. Jen's background allows her to develop creative solutions that focus the resources of an organization on the most effective and efficient outcomes.
Jen has a track record of starting and rejuvenating high-quality programs across sectors, including education, healthcare, the arts and human services. She enjoys building teams to realize a vision for success.
Prior to consulting, Jen served as the first executive director of The Connecticut Commission on Culture & Tourism; executive director of the Saint Thomas More Center at Yale University; executive director of the Guilford Handcraft Center; director of development and communications at The Arts Council of Greater New Haven; development associate at Choate Rosemary Hall; and practiced law at the New Haven, Connecticut firm of Wiggin & Dana.
Her volunteer service has included work with dozens of nonprofit and community organizations, including Habitat for Humanity, Yale University Art Gallery, Calvin Hill Day Care, Branford Board of Finance, James Blackstone Memorial Library, SARAH Foundation, and Read to Grow (which she helped to found).
Jen Aniskovich holds a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia, a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law (final year at Yale Law School), and is certified to teach high school English in Connecticut through the Alternate Route to Certification.
In her free time, Jen enjoys beekeeping, hiking, photography and adventures with her husband Bill and daughters Celia and Emi.