Jennifer Hirsch, Ph.D. is an applied anthropologist specializing in sustainability, cultural diversity, community development, coalition-building, strategic thinking, and experiential education. She works as an independent consultant and holds Fellow appointments with The Institute of Cultural Affairs, The Asset-Based Community Development Institute at Northwestern University, and The Field Museum’s Division of Environment, Culture, and Conservation.
From 2007 to 2012, Jennifer led The Field Museum’s Chicago program on community-based sustainability and climate change action. As part of this program, she consulted for the City of Chicago, co-leading their community engagement initiative for the Chicago Climate Action Plan. This work resulted in four major regional and community programs totaling over $27 million and involving a total of approximately 100 partners, including municipal and planning agencies, community and environmental organizations, small businesses and chambers of commerce, public libraries, and others.
Jennifer is recognized nationally for fostering grassroots participation in sustainability planning and project execution. The process she developed at The Field Museum for engaging diverse communities in climate action is showcased as a best practice in community engagement on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings website. She regularly advises and presents on local and regional efforts related to sustainability and community development.
Previously, Jennifer worked at Northwestern University, as Assistant and Associate Director of Study Abroad and then as Director of the academic internship program Chicago Field Studies and Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology.
Jennifer has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Duke University and a B.A. in American Culture from Northwestern University. To learn more about her background and experience, please see her LinkedIn profile at: http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenniferlhirsch.