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As Director of External Relations for the Markkula Center, Jennifer Dirking is responsible for building relationships between the Center and its partners on the Santa Clara University campus, throughout the greater Bay Area, and across the globe. She manages special events, outreach activities, and strategic alliances to engage individuals, corporations, and foundations in supporting the important work of the Center.
Prior to joining the Center, Jennifer was the associate director of the Foothill-De Anza Colleges Foundation, and previously served as director of development for the Burke Museum of Natural History at the University of Washington in Seattle. She also raised support for the UW World series, the international performing arts program at the university.
Jennifer earned her bachelor of arts in English from UC Santa Barbara and is currently working towards her masters in nonprofit administration at the University of San Francisco. She is also grateful for her education at Presentation High School in San Jose, which strengthened her belief in ethics and philanthropic responsibility.