Embracing our community, getting involved and giving back are key components that contribute to Vacaville's safety, quality of life and success. One of Jennifer's main pursuits is to invigorate and encourage participation in Vacaville's vibrant volunteer community. She is continually looking for new ways to engage with our community and to encourage and invite others to become involved, embrace our city and to give back. Jennifer is an active member in the Vacaville community and currently volunteers her time with the organizations highlighted below.
Jennifer is serving her third term as Commissioner for the Vacaville Community Services Commission. Initially appointed by Former Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine in 2009, Jennifer was recently nominated as the new Commission Chair in April 2014. She previously served in the role of Vice Chair, nominated in April of 2013.
During her time on the Commission, Jennifer has been instrumental with a number of smaller committees dedicated to the development of Vacaville's parks and open spaces. She has chaired the Facilities Naming Committee, and most recently serves on the City's newly-formed Dog Park Committee, which is focused on the development of a second local doggy play area.
One of Jennifer's most prominent and vocal positions during her 2012 run for city council was working to shift the City's focus from crowded big-box shopping centers to a vision that centered on helping our local small businesses thrive. Growing up in a family of small business owners, Jennifer is uniquely familiar with the challenges small businesses face.
In 2013, Jennifer was appointed as a delegate for a California-certified small business to serve on California's Department of General Services' Small Advisory Business Council. In this role, Jennifer participates and provides feedback on policies and practices that affect or impact small business utilization. With this experience, Jennifer is hoping to bring a voice to our city’s small business owners and give them the support they deserve.
Recognizing the importance of a solid educational foundation, Jennifer began serving as a Board Member with the Vacaville Public Education Foundation in February 2013. Jennifer's own public education experience shaped her belief that access and exposure to extracurricular programs like art, music, technology and the trades are critical to a child's success.
Allowing a child the ability to experience these types of programs provides immeasurable value to his or her educational experience by bolstering classroom engagement, fostering creativity, and developing a more competitive workforce. Her goal with VPEF is to assist with its fundraising and awareness efforts so that VPEF can contribute an even more positive influence in our local public schools by ensuring these programs stay funded.