Board Bio: Ms. Jennifer Esterline

Ms. Jennifer Esterline

Jennifer Esterline is a highly respected leader with more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors in Texas. With expertise in such areas as K-12 and higher education, social justice, and advocacy, Esterline has helped numerous organizations develop and implement strategic plans, evaluate programs, create fund development plans, and build board capacity. She has worked with nonprofit and foundation boards and executive directors on issues including mission, governance, resource development, strategic grantmaking and public policy and advocacy.

Before joining Frontera Strategy, Ms. Esterline served as a program manager and development director for a number of nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions in both the U.S. and Mexico, and later as a program officer and executive director for the KDK-Harman Foundation in Austin for seven years. She also founded and manages the Texas Education Grantmakers Advocacy Consortium, a unique collaboration of over 30 private, corporate and community foundations across the state working to promote, protect, and improve Texas public education through advocacy and public policy.

A proud product of Texas public education, Ms. Esterline grew up in Dallas and received her B.A. in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin and later a Master’s degree in Public Affairs with a concentration in nonprofit and philanthropic studies at the LBJ School of Public Affairs.

Over the past decade, Ms. Esterline has volunteered in a number of capacities for a variety of nonprofits working in the fields of education and health and human services. Currently, she serves on the board of Texas Partnership for Out of School Time (TXPOST) and Communities In Schools of Central Texas.

Ms. Esterline lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and three young sons. She hopes to carry on the family tradition by inspiring her boys with a passion for social justice and a commitment to public service.

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