Director of Community Engagement
Jennifer Presley brings experience in both the private and public sector, paired with expertise in strategic planning; community engagement; event management; and public-private partnerships. Today in Detroit, a number of signature events and organizations exist in both sectors that are connected to her leadership. Her passion, creativity, and innovation are a great contribution to the Strategic Community Partners team as our Director of Community Engagement.
Working in Community Affairs and Special Events with the Detroit Tigers, Jennifer desired to work more directly with, in, and for communities. Taking an array of strategic planning, community engagement, and data-driven decision-making skillsets, Jennifer joined Focus: HOPE’s team to serve as the organization’s first leader of Event and Cause Marketing. In this role over the years, Jennifer created and launched several signature events and led other existing programming. With a keen eye on inclusive community engagement and collaboration, Jennifer re-introduced community leaders and constituents to Focus: HOPE, such as the Young Professional Committee that is now integral to engagement and key efforts for the organization. Working alongside numerous community leaders and corporate professionals to advance the mission of Focus: HOPE, she also established several public-private partnerships for the organization. Jennifer’s expertise in strategic, inclusive, and innovative events are necessary and critical in community work--helping organizations live out their missions to the fullest extent.
Jennifer hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan and holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and a Master's Degree in Sport Management from Western Michigan University.