Jennifer Tersigni

Knowledge Specialist

Jennifer Tersigni
Knowledge Specialist, Nonprofit Management Institute

Jennifer Tersigni’s professional career began at The White House, where she worked on a team that supported fundraising, leadership and change management in action after the Oklahoma City bombing, a federal government furlough, and Clinton Administration headlines. Since then, she has helped  nonprofit organizations spark growth and transformation through efforts that combine the best in fundraising, organizational development, strategic consulting, and transformational leadership.
While working in the nonprofit sector, Jennifer started Raise the Bar Consulting out of a desire to provide relevant and innovative consulting solutions that help organizations to thrive, so that they could meet their mission and further their goals in contemporary and cost-effective ways.
Jennifer never anticipated becoming a fundraising powerhouse – it just happened that way. In her unforeseen 25-year career, Jennifer has served as a chief development officer, transitional leader, CEO, university instructor, and entrepreneur. Thus far, Jennifer has raised more than $160 million, and she and her team have assisted close to two-hundred organizations to stabilize, grow, and flourish.
When you’ve pulled yourself up by your bootstraps from an early age, chartered your own path, and recognized your own strength and skills, it’s natural to help others do the same. Jennifer is a certified Professional Interim Executive and has held the Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential continuously since 2008. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP), the Association of Nonprofit Specialists, the Third Sector, and adjunct faculty at Arizona State University Lodestar Center for Nonprofit Innovation. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) and a master’s degree from the University of Arizona. 
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys travel, cooking, yoga, investing, and spending time with her family and friends. Jennifer has lived in and traveled to more than forty-eight countries to-date, brings cross-cultural experience to her work, and always looks forward to life’s next great adventure.