Friends of the Children - New York | Jennifer Depner

Jennifer Depner

Director of Operations & Finance

Jennifer is an Operations and Human Resources leader with more than 18 years of experience supporting nonprofit, social services and healthcare sectors.

Jennifer spent her first 25 years in small towns across the 3 western provinces in Canada before meeting her Seattle-native husband, Edwin, and immigrating to the US. They lived in Seattle for 4 years before taking off on a year-long adventure sabbatical. Jennifer had fallen in love with New York City as a teenager through the movies, so when their adventure sabbatical brought them to NYC, Jennifer was immediately captivated.

Jennifer has a diverse career background. She is trained in Advanced Esthetics and worked at a resort spa for 5 years before shifting to a Health Canada pilot-project for youth experiencing psychosocial consequences due to substance use all while volunteer project managing a weekly youth program and leading Saskatchewan’s largest chem-free New Year’s Eve Party for teens. Jennifer has also managed multi-unit residential buildings, accounts receivable for a marine fuel company, and operations for a biotech firm.

Jennifer has always been oriented towards process management, project management, and internal operations though having grown up in small towns, she was struggling to find a career where those skills were the primary driver to serve the community, leading her to spend a decade volunteering nearly as much as she worked to find a fulfilling outlet. Jennifer had the opportunity to take the Highlands Ability Battery assessment which gave language and definition to her unique set of skills and opened her up to career paths that weren’t available in the small towns she grew up in. Jennifer then completed a Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Alliance University, a Certificate from Cornell University, obtained certifications from the Association for Talent Development and the Society for Human Resource Management and found her niche, supporting internal operations and programs for nonprofits and community focused services.

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