Jennifer Owens

Jennifer Owens

(May 22, 2020) Jennifer Owens has joined the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore as office coordinator.

She will lead the foundation’s front-facing operations, customer service, meeting and conference coordination, and will offer executive office support.

Owens’ hire comes after the retirement of Patt Strausburg in early April after 17 years of service to the foundation.

“We are excited to have Jennifer join the Community Foundation,” said Erica Joseph, CFES president. “Her background in the nonprofit industry and business administration, coupled with her strong communication skills make her a perfect fit for this role.”

Her professional experience includes five years spent with the Girl Scouts of the Chesapeake, where she quickly advanced in a variety of roles, as well as time spent as an administrative assistant, bookkeeper, sourcing analysist, and office manager, amongst other roles in her career.

Owens will be the first point of contact to community members calling or visiting the foundation offices.

“I am excited to join a team that makes such a great impact on our local team,” Owens said. “While integrating into a new role in the midst of a pandemic has been interesting, the CFES team has been welcoming and has worked to swiftly onboard me into their current remote operation.”

As leaders, grant makers, and stewards of philanthropy, the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore connects people who care to causes that matter for the common good of the Lower Eastern Shore.

It is a 501c3 nonprofit with an inspiring history of fostering charitable endeavors, and has provided $84 million in grants and scholarships to the local community since 1984.

It collaborates with individuals, families and businesses to match their charitable interests with community needs and strengthens local nonprofits through grants and resources.

It is devoted to improving the regional community and believes in the power of philanthropy. For information, contact Victoria Kent, marketing officer, at 410-742-9911 or

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