Jennifer Buffett

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"As President of NoVo Foundation, Jennifer is responsible for the day-to-day creation and oversight of vision, strategy, and program development. She also serves as chief liaison in NoVo’s partnership building with other foundations and nonprofits. Jennifer Co-Chairs the Foundation’s board with her husband, composer and producer Peter Buffett.

"Jennifer works passionately advocating for girls and women worldwide and to end violence and exploitation against them. She serves on the boards of the Nike Foundation to promote the Girl Effect, the economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls that results in a ripple effect of positive change; the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) to promote “whole-child” education practices based on what kids need from schools, from their teachers, and one another in order to learn and thrive; and V-Day.

"Jennifer began her work in philanthropy in 1997 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, primarily as a funder of social service organizations, with a focus on early childhood education for at-risk children and families.

"In September 2008, Jennifer and Peter received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their “visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges.” Presenting the award to the Buffetts, former President Bill Clinton said, “The Buffetts are leading an inspirational campaign to improve the status of women and girls across the globe. Their innovative approach to philanthropy has leveraged the capacity of existing organizations to affect real, positive change.”

"Jennifer and Peter were named in Barron’s list of top 25 most effective philanthropists in 2009 and 2010."[1]


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  1. NoVo Foundation Jennifer Buffett, organizational web page, accessed April 8, 2013.