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Jen Gonyer

Nonprofit Resource Navigator

As the 501 Commons Nonprofit Resource Navigator, Jen helps connect organizations with tools and resources so that they may effectively build on their strengths and abilities to better fulfill their missions. She also manages the Nonprofit Resource Directory and assists with conferences and outreach opportunities. Jen brings more than a decade of development, board governance, event, volunteer management, and sales experience. She is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and is in the process of applying to sit for the CFRE exam.

Jen taught medieval literature at the University of Washington for many years before dipping her toes into UW Advancement and Alumni Relations projects. After leaving the UW, she worked with various local organizations in the 2010s, including joining the board of directors of Snohomish County Legal Services (SCLS) in 2012 as their first non-attorney member in many years. It was as a board member that Jen first had the opportunity to utilize 501 Commons’ services when the agency participated in the Catalyst program. Once her board term was complete, Jen became the first development director for SCLS and built a new development program. As the development director, she continued to look to 501 Commons for guidance and services, including the Pathways program and a full board redevelopment project.

Jen was born and raised in Seattle (if she squints just right, she can see her Beacon Hill high school from her office window). She has a B.A. in English from Seattle University, M.A. and Ph.C. in English from the UW, and was the 2005-06 Washington Fellow, Pembroke College, Cambridge. She lives in an old North Seattle farmhouse with her husband and dogs with Thornton Creek running through the backyard, and has one grown son. She loves community events, gathering with friends, and is addicted to travel. She was a Seafair Festival volunteer leader for over a decade, representing Seafair and Seattle to other festivals throughout the Pacific Northwest and British Columbia.

Fun Fact: In spring 2018, Jen walked over 500 miles across northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago and turned the experience into a walkathon benefitting SCLS (read more at caminojen.com). Inspired by a street party she witnessed in Ponferrada, she now takes weekly Flamenco lessons… yet, she is still a terrible dancer.