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Jennifer joined the Digital Media and Learning Program in January 2012 after nine years in the Foundation’s Public Affairs office. As Associate Director for Public Affairs at MacArthur, Humke provided strategic communications support to the Foundation’s grantmaking programs and was responsible for the Foundation’s online profile.
She joined MacArthur in 2002 after three years with the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, where she was responsible for media and public outreach for Museum exhibits and events, including the Committee on Conscience, a Museum program to alert the national conscience, influence policy makers, and stimulate worldwide action to confront and work to halt acts of genocide or related crimes against humanity. Prior to her position at the Museum, Humke worked for a human rights organization in Kampala, Uganda, helping to run a program that trained human rights activists how to identify and document gender-specific human rights abuses in war. She worked on one of the first primary research reports on women and war in Uganda.
Humke has an M.A. in international affairs and journalism from The American University and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She on the board of Young Chicago Authors, an arts education nonprofit that uses writing, spoken word, and performance to cultivate youth voice and self-expression. Each year, YCA runs a citywide youth slam competition called "Louder Than A Bomb."
Jennifer Humke works on the following MacArthur programs and projects: