With 25 years of fundraising experience in education, healthcare, and mental health, Jennifer Baril joined Health Equity Solutions in 2023 as the Director of Fund Development.
After earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Jennifer served in VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) in the Los Angeles, CA region, gaining experience at University Camps at UCLA and the West Hollywood Homeless Organization.
After considering a career in social work, Jennifer was drawn to the prospect of leveraging philanthropy to fund the missions of NPOs. She returned to UMass, Amherst to earn her MBA at the Isenberg School. At the time corporate social responsibility was a fledgling concept, and individual donors were becoming decidedly more engaged in their decisions around charitable giving. And for the first time, colleges and universities were endeavoring nine-figure comprehensive campaigns.
The mix of strategic planning, strategic partnerships, and authentic relationship building has resulted in a successful and satisfying career as a fundraising professional for the past 25 years. Jennifer spends her personal time as a mom to her two teenage sons, visiting her home state Rhode Island, enjoying the outdoors, cooking, and finding the joys in life, however small.