Jennifer Bryant

CRN (2016)

Program Manager, Community Wealth-Building

Washington Area Community Investment Fund

Washington, District of Columbia

Personal pronouns: She, her, hers

Jennifer Bryant is the Program Manager for Community Wealth Building Initiatives at the Washington Area Community Investment Fund, one of the DC area’s leading Community Development Financial Institutions focused on small business development. In the last seven years, Wacif has invested over $9 million throughout the Greater Washington region.

Jennifer leads Wacif’s DC Employee Ownership Initiative, a strategic investment to preserve legacy businesses and create new pathways to entrepreneurship. The Initiative includes employee ownership conversion advisory services for legacy business owners, the DC Co-op Impact Grant for early stage cooperatives led by people of color and employee ownership education & training.

Jennifer is committed to revitalizing and expanding employee ownership in the District. She is a community fellow with the Shared Equity in Economic Development (SEED) Fellowship – a year-long program that convenes and equips city leaders with tools, resources, and expertise to create broad-based employee ownership. She is a member of the DC Cooperative Stakeholders Group, and a founding steering committee member of Cooperation DC, a grassroots group that organized trainings, learning journeys, and community popular education for low-income communities of color.

Jennifer holds a BA in English from Howard University and a Masters from St. John’s University.