Jennifer James

Senior Vice President - San Diego

As a Senior Vice President at Harder+Company, Jennifer provides research direction and oversight to project teams in our San Diego office, which she established in 2003. She also contributes to firm-wide business planning, strategy, and management, and leads internal knowledge management and quality assurance efforts.

Jennifer offers two decades of experience designing and conducting evaluations, research, and technical assistance for funders, public agencies and community-based organizations nationwide. She focuses on developing community-relevant research and capacity-building solutions that distill complex information for strategic decision-making. She specializes in using evaluation as a tool for learning and adaptation—a crucial approach for both organizations and cross-sector partnerships. In addition, she has strong experience guiding strategy development for foundations, nonprofits, and government agencies, as well as designing cross-sector initiatives.

Prior to joining Harder+Company in 1999, Jennifer worked at the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona. While there, she conducted an ethnographic study of the social impacts of the Louisiana offshore oil industry on families, worked on cultural resource projects with the National Parks Services, and managed a large-scale Haitian food security survey effort. Jennifer serves on numerous nonprofit and philanthropic advisory boards, is the proud mother of two amazing boys, and owns an electric bike shop with her husband.

Education
  • Master of Arts, Cultural Anthropology, University of Arizona
  • Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, Kansas State University
Areas of Expertise
  • Behavioral Health
  • Children, Youth + Families
  • Early Childhood
  • Equity + Place
  • Health