My clients

"Jen is an excellent analyst, thought-partner  and critical thinker.  Her professional advice and strategic thinking have resulted in consistent growth for our project over the last few years."

​ Emily Briskman, Executive Director, JUF's Israel Education Center and Assistant VP Campus Affairs

​ "Jennifer is extremely knowledgeable, articulate and  personable.  Not only does she possess depth and  breadth in her technical evaluation experience, her strategies for engaging staff are remarkable.

 She respects her client’s goals and culture, and  makes realistic recommendations based on her client's needs." 

Kristen Roberts, Operations Coordinator for Modern Woodmen of America, 

Formerly Associate Director of

the Chicago Federation of Labor Workers Assistance Committee


"Jennifer's intuitive, inspiring and forward-thinking presence enabled us to name the 'elephants in the room' that were in need of identification and  discussion.  She facilitated healthy conversation and ensured a hopeful, yet honest, outlook.  We are thankful for Jennifer's wise insights, helpful tools, and  professional presence." 

Sandi Decker, Pastor, Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, Formerly Pastor for 

Emmanuel Lutheran Church

"My nonprofit organization completed a six-month assignment with Jennifer Avers involving evaluation and strategic planning. Everything about the experience was positive. Jen was accommodating when it came to scheduling nearly 50 interviews/focus groups and extraordinarily well prepared.

She frequently updated our timeline and always reiterated in writing any changes we made to the scope of the project.

Jen's extensive report of findings and strategic plan were very well received by our 60+ member board of directors. I would confidently recommend Jen to any non-profit looking for assistance/guidance when undertaking any kind of strategic analysis"

Deborah Schatz, Principal at dls/marketing llc and Past President of the Board for NCJW - Essex Section

"Jennifer has been helping us to review our  procedures and to identify those areas that need  more attention or change. She has done this in such a way that we always feel guided, but not pushed forward. That aspect of Jennifer's professionalism is what makes working with her a comfortable fit for us.

Under her 'tutelage', we have made substantial progress toward meeting our current goals and setting new ones."

Kathy Jenco, Madison Montessori School, Admissions and Administrative Director

"I have worked with a number of consultants over the years, and many have been good at their jobs. Jen Avers, however, is outstanding. She really listens to what you say and what you are not saying.  Jen is able to take that information, synthesize it and come up with a product that answers our program needs.  And all the while she is constantly learning

more and more about how and why you do business.  She “gets” us and that makes her advice and suggestions meaningful because ours is not an ordinary business.  Jen manages to be both the consummate professional and a total pleasure to work with." 

Lisa Klein,

Philanthropy Expert and Community Leader,

Formerly Associate VP, Campus Affairs and Student Engagement, Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago

​I am passionate about my work.  When we work together, it is paramount that our interactions are respectful, efficient, and productive.  I meet people and organizations where they are in their personal and organizational life cycles. While I don't push, I prefer to work with open-minded clients who are willing to explore exciting possibilities. 

I learn from and deeply appreciate each and every client experience. This page highlights some of what my clients have shared about their experiences working with me.

I'm happy to provide you with references as well.


Kansas Health Foundation 

Shedd Aquarium
Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Hostelling International
Aids Foundation of Chicago

America's Second Harvest

World Neighbors

CFL Workers Assistance Committee 

Kraft Foods: Kraft Employee Fund 

The Freeman Foundation 

National Council of Jewish Women: Essex County

Wells Fargo Regional Foundation

Madison Montessori School
Emmanuel Lutheran Church

SaraLee Foods Corporate Contributions
Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago
Wheatridge Ministries

American Academy of Pediatrics

IND Corporation

Chicago History Museum

Cornerstone Family Programs

Hillel International - Office of Innovation

Holding Space for Caregivers Foundation

Terreform ONE

NAMI Kansas

Mothers Incorporated