Biography

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill in 2001, Jennifer Player began a career as a consultant with AIM Healthcare Services, a division of United HealthGroup. She quickly moved up in the company and was promoted to Assistant Regional Director and finally Regional Director. She managed the company's operations in Virginia, North and South Carolina.

In 2008, Jennifer decided to leave the private sector and embark on a career as a nonprofit professional. She obtained her Master's Degree in Public Administration from UNC Charlotte in 2011 with a concentration in Nonprofit Management. She worked as the Director of Major Gifts at Crisis Assistance Ministry in Charlotte, NC from 2011 to 2014, helping to raise $15 million to prevent homelessness in Mecklenburg County. In June of 2014, Jennifer returned to her beloved university town of Chapel Hill and assumed the role as Director of Development with Habitat for Humanity of Orange County. A Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE), Jennifer now serves as the organization's President and Chief Executive Officer.

An active member of the Chapel Hill community, Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Directors for the InterFaith Council for Social Service which includes the Executive Committee and chairing the Board Governance committee. Jennifer's past board service includes the Association of Fundraising Professionals and The Foundation for Tomorrow which provides education to orphans in Tanzania. Jennifer and her husband were co-chairs of the YMCA Annual campaign in 2016 and they also lead an annual trip which gives Orange County residents an opportunity to travel and build homes with Habitat for Humanity of Honduras. Jennifer has also volunteered locally with Meals on Wheels, Creekside Elementary PTA, and with her church, University United Methodist Church. Jennifer is a proud member of the East Chapel Hill Rotary Club, Femfessionals and 100 Women Who Give a Hoot. Jennifer is currently serving as the co-chair of the Orange County Affordable Housing Coalition as well as the Steering Committee for "Big Bold Ideas" through The Chamber for a Greater Chapel Hill-Carrboro.

In 2016, WCHL recognized Jennifer as a "Hometown Hero". Jennifer was a 2018 finalist for "Young Professional of the Year" through the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and also was named as one of the 2018 Triangle Business Journal's "40 Under 40".

Jennifer holds three group fitness certifications and enjoys teaching fitness classes when she is not getting a work-out chasing her puppy and two young boys.