Chief Operating Officer
Jennifer Njuguna, Esq. (she/her/hers) is an attorney who is passionate about working with BIPOC communities and strengthening the internal practices of organizations partnering with BIPOC communities. As Chief Operating Officer at Common Future, Jennifer focuses on building organization and staff capacity, developing adaptive processes and systems, guiding program development and design, and defining organizational metrics. Prior to joining Common Future, Jennifer founded JSN Strategies, LLC, consulting with nonprofits and small businesses on strategy, organizational culture, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She also served as the first Chief Strategy Officer at Brooklyn Community Services (BCS), coming into this role after having previously served as BCS’s General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer.
Before joining BCS, Jennifer helped U.S. based and international K-12 education leaders build capacity to serve students at the Education Delivery Institute, and she worked as a Health Justice Staff Attorney at New York Lawyers for the Public Interest, using a community lawyering model to partner with community based organizations and address health disparities. Jennifer has extensive Board experience, including serving as a Trustee and previously as Board Chair for La Cima Elementary School (Brooklyn), and as a member of an advisory children’s subcommittee to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. She is a member of Nonprofit New York’s Nonprofit Excellence Awards Selection Committee, a member of the Association of Nonprofit Specialists, and a member of the New York City Bar Association.
Jennifer has a J.D. from the New York University School of Law where she was an AnBryce Scholar and recipient of the Gary E. Moncrieffe Award for Outstanding Student in Racism and Law. She also has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Michigan. She is from Oakland, CA, and currently resides just outside of New York City with her husband and son. When she is not working, she enjoys listening to soca and Afrobeats, dance, yoga, reading, and enjoying the outdoors.