Jennifer “Jen” Harrison.
We’re excited to introduce Jennifer “Jen” Harrison, the newest addition to Jefferson Land Trust’s Board of Directors. With a deep passion for environmental preservation and a diverse background that spans technology and sustainability, Jen brings extensive experience and expertise to the board. Her dedication to nonprofit and civic work demonstrates her commitment to protecting our natural lands.
“I’m thrilled to join the Jefferson Land Trust’s Board, working to protect and preserve the natural beauty of Jefferson County and the Olympic Peninsula for future generations,” Jen says. “The Land Trust’s mission is essential to ensuring a sustainable and thriving future for our region and planet.”
With a career in big data engineering, cloud service, and security engineering at Microsoft, Jen is no stranger to the digital world. However, her heart has always been drawn to nonprofit and civic work, including volunteering for the Issaquah Stream Team, serving as Managing Director of Earth Economics, and sitting on the King Conservation District Advisory Board.
Her work at Earth Economics extended to public policy, geospatial ecosystem service valuation, and partnerships spanning international academia, government, NGOs, and civil society organizations. One of her proudest moments was when FEMA adopted Earth Economics’ new approach (and tooling) for cost-benefit and risk valuation, shifting billions of dollars of investment into sustaining landscapes critical for climate resilience.
As the co-founder of Partnership for Rural King County, Jen tackled issues around urban/rural symbiosis. These included wetland restoration, firewise safety, sustaining agriculture and forest working landscapes, and working with King County Parks, King County Department of Natural Resources, and Washington State Conservation and Recreation Office to enable recreational access to nature.
When Jen isn’t working, you’ll find her enjoying nature, tending to her beloved native bees, or exploring the Olympic Peninsula — which she finds to be the most beautiful place on Earth.
We’re very glad to have Jen on board and can’t wait to see the impact she’ll make in our community.