Jennifer Olsen, Board Vice President
Professional Writer

In 2011, after seventeen years as a Financial Advisor, Jennifer left corporate America to write full time and soon after published her first novel. But community needs have always loomed at the forefront and, at the same time, she found herself working to create more education opportunities and choice in Monroe County.

Jennifer co-founded Summit School of the Poconos, a private, project-based STEAM school, which opened for its first school year in the fall of 2016. She currently serves as their Board President and is committed to continued advocacy for more meaningful education choices in Monroe County and determined to help as many children access that education as she possibly can.

Jennifer also currently serves as the Board Vice President for Pocono Alliance. “As someone born and raised in Monroe County, I look around and see these enormous gaps everywhere when compared to some of our surrounding counties. Education is one, but poverty, equal access, and quality of life are glaring, too. And that’s just not okay. Pocono Alliance and Summit School of the Poconos both allow me to take an active role in helping to address those discrepancies.”

Jennifer attended East Stroudsburg University and the Stroudsburg School District. She has helped raise money for several charitable organizations including The American Cancer Society and Pocono Medical Center. She is past Co-Chair of the Women’s Resources Black & White Gala, is a past member of Rotary International, and a graduate of Leadership Pocono. She was the recipient of the 2017 Athena Leadership Award, presented through the Greater Pocono Chamber of Commerce.

Jennifer and her husband, Gary, live in the Stroudsburg area with their two children, Mitchell and Meredith.

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