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Jennifer Tani

2018 Next Generation Awardee

Jennifer Tani has dedicated her career to advocating for resources for young people; low-income families; immigrants, refugees and communities of color. Jennifer currently serves as the Director of the Chicago office of The Posse Foundation, one of the most comprehensive and renowned college access and youth leadership development programs in the U.S. Through Posse, youth leaders from urban areas receive four-year, full- tuition scholarships to top-tier colleges and universities.

Prior to joining Posse, Jennifer served as the Assistant Vice President of Government Relations and Community Engagement at Roosevelt University. Jennifer has also held positions in corporate and community philanthropy at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.

Jennifer established much of her personal and professional network at Chinese Mutual Aid Association, where she served as the coordinator of the Multicultural Youth Project and became a long-time member of the Young Women Warriors mentorship program.

Outside of work, Jennifer is a member of the Board of Education of Consolidated Community School District 21 and has held leadership roles with the Asian Giving Circle, Illinois Caucus for Adolescent Health, Japanese American Service Committee, and Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy.

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