Jennifer R. Farmer
Managing Director of Communications
Jennifer R. Farmer is a leading professional in communications strategy, who has made her mark in social justice movements for over a decade. Joining Advancement Project in 2012, Farmer leads a team of traditional and digital media experts in developing comprehensive messaging strategies and outreach plans for Advancement Project and partners.
Farmer’s sharp understanding of the intersection of organizing, policy, and media has helped establish Advancement Project as a leading voice in contemporary civil rights. Working across program areas, Farmer has astutely positioned Advancement Project and its partners in the national racial justice narrative. Under Farmer’s leadership, Advancement Project’s staff, partners, and board members have been regularly featured in leading print, digital, and broadcast media outlets including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, Politico, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, Real Time with Bill Maher, and the Rachel Maddow Show.
Farmer’s leadership at Advancement Project follows a range of experiences spearheading national and state campaigns to effect social change. Prior to joining Advancement Project, Farmer served as a Communications Director for the National Labor Table, housed at the AFL-CIO. In this role, she developed and managed the public messaging and communications strategies of workers’ rights campaigns across a variety of states. During her time as Deputy Director of Communications of SEIU, Farmer orchestrated multi-pronged communications projects, which included rapid response implementation, media outreach, and building strategic partnerships. These efforts produced high-profile visibility for the union on multiple media platforms.
Farmer’s work in the labor movement followed years of commitment to civic engagement through positions in Ohio state government and non-profit organizations, including roles within the Ohio Department of Transportation, the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus, and the Center for Progressive Leadership. Farmer earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from the University of Rochester.