Jennifer Humke

senior program officer journalism and media MacArthur Foundation

Jennifer Humke is Senior Program Officer in Journalism and Media at the MacArthur Foundation.

Jennifer focuses primarily on grantmaking in participatory civic media. She targets support for work that encourages and trains people, particularly young people and those from historically marginalized communities, to use new media tools, platforms, and practices to contribute to public dialogue and help shape culture and policy.

Prior to joining the Journalism & Media team in late 2015, she was a Program Officer for MacArthur’s Digital Media and Learning program, a 10-year, $200 million initiative aimed at re-imagining learning for the digital age. Jennifer joined the Foundation in 2002 and served as Associate Director for Public Affairs before moving to the program team.

Prior to her tenure with MacArthur, Jennifer spent three years with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she was responsible for media and public outreach for Museum exhibits, events, and fundraising campaigns. In the late 1990s she worked for a human rights organization in Kampala, Uganda, helping to run a program that trained human rights activists from countries in conflict on how to identify and document gender-specific human rights abuses in war. In this position, she helped design a research effort to gather first-person accounts from Ugandan women about their experiences during the decades of war there. It resulted in one of the first primary research reports on women and war in Uganda.

Jennifer has a Master of Arts in International Development and Journalism from American University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in German Literature from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

She is a founding Board Member for the Impact Guild, a new effort launched in 2020 to connect, empower, and activate people who use media, technology, and popular culture for social good and healthy democracies. Since 2021, Jennifer has also served on the advisory board for Harmony Labs, an applied research lab that works to decode media’s social effects and conducts experiments to better understand how media can better support an open, inclusive, and democratic society. In 2023, Jennifer joined the advisory boards for the AAPI Civic Engagement Fund and the Media Democracy Fund.

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