In her capacity as President of the NoVo Foundation, Jennifer Buffett is responsible for the day-to-day creation and oversight of vision, strategy and program development, and is chief liaison in NoVoâ€™s partnership building with other foundations and nonprofits. Jennifer co-chairs the Foundationâ€™s board with her husband, composer and producer, Peter Buffett.
Jennifer began her work in philanthropy in 1997 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, primarily as funder of social service organizations, with a focus on early childhood education for at-risk children and families.
In September 2008, Jennifer and Peter received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their â€œvisionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges.â€ Presenting the award to the Buffetts, Former President Bill Clinton said, â€œThe Buffetts are leading an inspirational campaign to improve the status of women and girls across the globe. Their innovative approach to philanthropy has leveraged the capacity of existing organizations to affect real, positive change.â€
In December 2009, Jennifer and Peter were named in Barronâ€™s list of top 25 most effective philanthropists.