Jennifer Cooke

Alumni & Community Engagement Director

Jennifer is a graduate from the University of Evansville, where she holds a BS in organizational leadership and from Vincennes University, where she holds an AS in legal studies. She is accredited by Indiana University’s Center on Philanthropy in developing sustainable funding.

Jennifer has 20 years’ experience in program/project management, public/government relations, communications, fundraising and community engagement in the non-profit and public service sectors. Past organizations she has worked for include: Keep Evansville Beautiful, State of Indiana Trade Act Assistance, City of Evansville City Clerk, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Tri-State, and more recently ECHO Housing Corporation serving as the Jacobsville Join In Community Mobilizer/BCJI Project Manager, a community development initiative for the Jacobsville neighborhood in Evansville, Indiana.

Jennifer’s life mission is to enliven, empower and generate hope, creativity, and community through citizen participation. She is the creator and administrator of Volunteers Do It for Free, a social media movement to encourage and provide awareness of local volunteer and giving opportunities. Jennifer volunteers her time with Evansville Streets Alive, Young Leaders United Benefit Battle Dodgeball Tournament, and United Neighborhoods of Evansville. In addition, she has freelanced for the Evansville Courier & Press as a columnist for “Citizenship Matters” encouraging civics responsibility in the community.