• jenni french

    nonprofit leader. marketing & advancement expert. relentless innovator.

    I love challenges. An optimist, an activist, and a strategist, I have more than 30 years of experience building relationships that matter: with boards and volunteers, with donors, with colleagues, and with clients and customers. I find new solutions by thinking big, harnessing my endless energy, and getting the best out of my team. Email me today and let's change the world!

  • Expertise

    Core Competencies

    • Strategic Planning
    • Consensus Building
    • Revenue Generation: Marketing & Fundraising
    • Strong Leadership & Management Skills
    • Financial Planning
    • Public Speaking


    • Conceptualizing Websites
    • Myriad Content Management Systems
    • Social Media: Planning and Execution
    • Email Marketing
    • Adobe InDesign and Photoshop
    • Search Engine Optimization
    • Photography


    • Relationship Building and Cultivation
    • Building Partnerships and Collaboration
    • Excellent Communication
    • Assess and Adapt


    • Optimistic
    • Enthusiastic
    • MacGyver-like Problem Solver
    • Patient
    • Tenacious
    • Entrepreneur
  • stories

    Strategies and projects that show and tell a lot about me.

  • Experience

    Places and people I've worked with

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    Watkinson School

    Director of Communication & Strategic Engagement

    July 2000 - Current

    Full time

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    French Consulting

    Problem Solver

    July 2000 - present

    Most recently for Wallingford Family YMCA, March-Dec, 2016

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    Hartford Stage

    Director of Communication

    Feb 1995 - June 2000

    Full time

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    Hartford Ballet

    Marketing Director

    Aug 1990- Jan 1995

    Full time

  • Testimonials

    From people with whom I've had the privilege to work

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    Jenny Katz-Brandoli

    Writer & Graphic Designer

    Jenni is an ideal leader: a vastly intelligent collaborator, able to give direction or space as needed; skilled at connecting disparate pieces into a whole larger than its parts; quick to grasp the big picture but attentive to essential details; generous with appropriate credit and open to feedback herself. Her energy never flags. Unconcerned with impressive titles, gushing praise or public appreciation, all of which she richly merits, she is more than willing to be an unsung hero. What matters to her is excellent work. She does it herself and she facilitates it in others.

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    Sally Darrow

    Senior Director of Membership and Wellness, Wallingford Family YMCA

    I worked closely with Jenni while she worked as a marketing consultant for the Wallingford Family YMCA. Jenni is very forward-thinking and proactive; she helped take our YMCA to a new level! I was thoroughly impressed with Jenni's vast knowledge, as well as with her professionalism.

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    Mary Cahalane

    Principal, Hands On Fundraising

    Jenni is both wildly creative and organized. That’s not a combination that is easy to find. She understands communication because she understands relationships. She is steady, positive, and most of all productive. She remains a valued friend because she has a huge heart. Any organization would be fortunate to work with her.

  • Let's meet!

    Available to chat about dreams, dilemmas, and solutions.