Jennifer A. Faust became CEO of Girls Inc. of Greater Santa Barbara on January 3, 2022. A women’s leadership advocate and policy expert, Jen has focused her career around ensuring girls’ and women’s empowerment and equal participation at both the policy and practice levels. Jen combines her 25 years of strategic leadership, systems change management, and fundraising (major gifts) with DEI, program development, and team building experience to advance Girls Inc.’s strategic priorities in these areas. She is also a women’s empowerment and leadership coach.
With a background in international social justice and policy development, Jen worked to secure economic and voting rights for women in Kosovo (and other countries) and served in the U.S. Peace Corps organizing broad-based economic empowerment movements for women’s groups in Haiti. Most recently, Jen served as Executive Director for the Pacific Council on International Policy, University of Southern California. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from The George Washington University and a master’s degree in political economy from The London School of Economics and Political Science. Learn more about Jen