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 serves as the chief organizational spokesperson. She leads a team of traditional and digital media staffers in developing comprehensive messaging strategies and media outreach plans. She manages Advancement Project’s organizational brand and serves as a strategic communications advisor to organizational leaders, grassroots partners and high profile surrogates.
Farmer’s sharp understanding of the intersection of policy, politics and media has helped establish Advancement Project as a leading voice in contemporary civil rights. Working across multiple program areas, Farmer has positioned Advancement Project and its partners as leaders in the national racial justice movement. Under Farmer’s leadership, Advancement Project’s staff, partners and board members are 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. She is skilled at pitching and placing for publication both feature articles and guest columns. Most recently, she added professor to her title and teaches Writing for the Media for the Mass Communications and Communications Studies Department at Towson University.
Farmer’s leadership at Advancement Project follows a range of experiences spearheading national and state campaigns to affect social change. She served as Deputy Director of Communications for the Service Employees International Union, where she orchestrated multi-pronged communications projects to elevate the voices of working people, led a team of communications professionals working on myriad campaigns such as health care reform, immigration reform and workers’ rights.
Her work in the labor movement followed years of civic engagement work 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 where she trained and developed leaders seeking elected office. Most notably, Farmer served as an agency lobbyist in the administration of former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland, where she was responsible for brokering the release of more than $25 million dollars to enable feasibility research on a high speed rail project connecting major Ohio cities such as Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.
Farmer earned a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in English and Political Science from the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York.