Jenny O’Donnell, DSc – Deputy Director

Jenny O'Donnell stewards Provide’s organizational development and ensures strategic and effective programming in support of the organization’s mission.

Jenny O’Donnell stewards Provide’s organizational development, overseeing the Core Functions division and work in Fund Development, Communications, Human Resources, Technology, Finances, and Evaluation. As a member of Provide’s executive leadership since 2010, Jenny also works with colleagues to ensure strategic and effective programming in support of the organization’s mission.  Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts from Wellesley College and a Master of Science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2017, she completed a Doctorate of Science, also at the Chan School, in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Center of Excellence trainee, her dissertation research focused on qualitatively and quantitatively exploring the intersection of place and individual attributes on access to reproductive health services in rural communities in Central Appalachia. Jenny was Fellow in the 2012-2013 cohort of the National Council for Research on Women-Amex Fellowship, a program dedicated to developing women leaders in the nonprofit sector. As a coastal dweller (both right and left) for most of her life, she is delighted that her work with Provide has introduced her to the art-deco buildings of Oklahoma, the small town bakeries of Kentucky, and the valley views of western Virginia.

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