Senior Historian | Design-Minded Storyteller
“A storyteller at heart, I am passionate about crafting compelling narratives that entertain, delight, educate, and inspire.”
Work at HAI
At HAI, Jen is a New York City-based historian, writer, content developer, and project manager. She works with clients to discover, interpret, and share stories in all forms—from physical exhibits to smartphone apps. A self-proclaimed perfectionist, Jen strives to dig deep to find captivating, relevant, and little-known stories and choose just the right words and media to communicate them. She also develops social media posts and campaigns and serves as an editorial lead for the HAI blog.
Jen has an eye for good design and a passion for creating experiences that are beautiful, functional, and accessible. She specializes in social and women’s history, but never turns down an opportunity to learn something new. At HAI, her work includes interpretive planning; exhibit, website, and interactive development; in-depth historical research; multimedia research and acquisition; and graphic and custom map design.
Her clients include:
- American Battle Monuments Commission
- College Football Hall of Fame
- Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum
- Gettysburg College
- Mississippi Arts and Entertainment Experience
- National Center for Civil and Human Rights
- National Philanthropic Trust
- National Women’s History Museum
- National World War II Museum
- Pearson Education
- Pikes Peak Summit House
- Tennessee State Museum
- Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
- Trust for the National Mall
- White House Historical Association
Path to HAI
Before joining HAI in 2012, Jen worked in many capacities at various historic sites, museums, and libraries, including the Smithsonian National Postal Museum, the Genesee Country Village and Museum, the Rochester Museum and Science Center, and Gettysburg College Special Collections. She served as the documentary content manager for the National Museum of Play at The Strong in her hometown of Rochester, New York, where she curated a collection of play stories and helped catalog the museum’s impressive collection of toys and games.
In 2016, Jen received a master’s degree in public history at American University, completing coursework in digital public history and exhibition design. During her studies, she served as the Digital History Fellow at the White House Historical Association and developed a digital exhibit for the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. She majored in history and sociology at Gettysburg College, graduating summa cum laude in 2010.