Jenny Wittner leads Arabella’s Managed Organizations team, which partners with donors and social entrepreneurs to develop, launch, and manage a wide range of charitable initiatives. She oversees a team that provides full-service operations to over 300 nonprofit projects across the globe. She joined Arabella in 2016.
Throughout her career, Jenny has played many roles at nonprofits, and she brings this operational, management, and programmatic experience to Arabella. Jenny was the associate director at Women Employed, where she developed and oversaw the organization’s advocacy, policy, and program work to promote the economic advancement of women. She had a particular interest in ensuring that policies and programs in community colleges effectively helped low-income women and non-traditional students to advance to better employment. Additionally, Jenny was one of the founders of Chicago Commons Employment Training Center, which provided comprehensive support services and education and training to women on welfare. She started her career in English as a second language (ESL) classrooms, teaching adults to speak English, training teachers, developing programs, and creating curricula.
Jenny holds a BA in social studies from Harvard College and an MA in linguistics and ESL teaching from Northeastern Illinois University. She lives in Chicago with her partner, Aaron.