Jennifer is from Chicago, Illinois. She recently started as executive director of Illinois Environment Council in January of 2011. Jennifer previously worked as chief of staff to State Senator Heather Steans. As part of her work, she and Senator Steans won the Outstanding Government Leadership Award from the Illinois Recycling Association in 2010 for their work on the passage of Illinois’ first commercial food scrap composting legislation. She also worked for the Environmental Law and Policy Center and SCARCE, an environmental education non-profit in Glen Ellyn, and interned for then Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn. Jen obtained her law degree and master’s degree in Natural Resources and Environmental Science (NRES) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Law School in 2006, after gaining her undergraduate degree in NRES at the University of Illinois, as well. Sustainable and organic agriculture, local foods, and better agricultural practices protect soil, protect and conserve water, and otherwise provide great benefits to the human and natural environment.