Jennifer May

Interim Executive Director, Designmatters Department

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Jennifer May is the Interim Executive Director for Designmatters, where she oversees the Designmatters Fellowship Program, internal department initiatives and other special projects. Jennifer first joined Designmatters as the manager of the LEAP Symposium, a 2013 gathering of 150 thought leaders to discuss career pathways in the emergent field of design for social innovation. Jennifer earned her M.B.A. from USC Marshall School of Business, where she was chosen as a Society and Business Lab Graduate Fellow and served as Vice President of Programs for Net Impact, overseeing the USC Board Fellows Program and, as the Special Olympics Liaison for Challenge 4 Charity, leading her peers in the effort to earn over 3,000 volunteer hours. Last summer, she was selected for the competitive Education Pioneers Graduate Fellowship Program, and interned with Excellence in Education Development, a nonprofit that provides financial services to charter schools. Prior to returning to school, Jennifer was the Manager of Special Events for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where she served in the dual roles of fundraiser and logistics manager for events such as the Gustavo Dudamel Inaugural Gala and Opening Night at the Hollywood Bowl. Jennifer earned her B.A. in Theater Management and Marketing from Emerson College and originally hails from Little Rock, AR.