Jenna Kirkpatrick Howard, AAUW Member
My passion for the advancement of women and girls is evident in every aspect of my life – work, family, advocacy, philanthropy, and community. I bring to AAUW’s Board the perspective of a mid-career female working in professional services that has developed corporate partnerships over two decades, along with non-profit board experience in governance and finance. AAUW’s long history and influence on a range of issues that advance equity for women and girls is important. Ensuring that the organization remains sustainable and mission-driven must be the central focus of the AAUW Board, staff, and its members. As a AAUW national and branch member, my time on the Board is spent concentrating on the future of this amazing organization.
What is your vision for AAUW in the next 5 to 10 years?
My personal vision for AAUW is to be the megaphone of women’s voice in America through the work in advocacy, research, training, scholarships, and engagement. This can be accomplished if AAUW focuses its efforts on the programming that is funded and most impactful.
As a board member, how would you contribute to achieving AAUW’s mission and strategic plan?
AAUW Board Members must engage in challenging conversations on what programs are most critical to the mission and ponder the path towards a sustainable future. We must be mindful that operational efficiencies and strong governance within the AAUW walls is vital to the organization. The role of the Board is to ensure the longevity. Every decision should be made with the lens of the mission – “will this decision advance gender equity for women and girls through research, education and advocacy?” If it does not, we must say “no” and move onto matters that future the vision of “equity for all.”
My contribution as a Board Member include experience with other organizations at an inflection point, having intellectual curiosity to explore new ideas, and advancing the mission through corporate connections and funding.
Please describe your board and leadership experience.
- Treasurer, 826DC Board, 6 yrs.;
- Board President 2020, Commercial Real Estate Women DC (CREW DC);
- Board Director, CREW DC, 2 yrs.
- Vice President, Lockton Companies. Serves on the Inclusion Committee at Lockton. Executive Committee member for Lockton Northeast’s Women in Leadership Initiative.
- Participated as Chair and/or Host Commission of the Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas annual fundraiser for four years
- Host committee for 2020 Women on Boards
- Graduate of the KPMG Executive Leadership Institute for Women (ELIW)
Please describe your strategic planning and finance/budget experience.
- Participated in the creation and execution of 2 strategic plans with 826DC
- Involved in the creation of the current 3-year strategic plan for CREW DC and implementation is underway during my time as Board President
Finance & Budget:
- While acting as 826DC Board Treasurer, Jenna was responsible for leading the Finance and Audit Committee, development of risk management objectives, creation of financial policies, and working with Executive Director to track annual financial results. Income grew over 200% during six-year tenure
- Currently serving on Community of Hope’s Finance Committee