Jenna is an award-winning political reporter turned public affairs professional, who most recently served as the director of government relations at the Greater Naples Chamber. There, she helped advance the chamber’s governmental and legislative priorities at the city, county and state levels. She also managed the successful One Collier campaign, which, in 2018, supported the passage of a one-cent infrastructure sales surtax in Collier County. Jenna graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a degree in journalism. After college, she spent more than a decade covering local and state government and politics, for the Naples Daily News and then Florida Politics.
Jenna currently serves as the board secretary and a founding board member of the Collier County Community Land Trust and is a member of the Women’s Foundation of Collier County Board of Directors. In 2020, she was named a 40 Under 40 honoree by Gulfshore Business. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity of Collier County, was a member of the Alliance for Period Supplies of Southwest Florida Board of Directors and served on the host committee for the David Lawrence Centers Sound Minds event.
Describe yourself in one word. Inquisitive. Once a reporter, always a reporter! I’m always asking questions, trying to get a better understanding of topics, issues and people.
Book or Kindle: Why pick just one?! I’m an avid reader, so I’ll take a book however I can get it. I love the feel of a book, but when traveling I tend to load up my Kindle (or iPad) and go. That gives me a few more options – without having to pay the extra fee for heavy luggage.
Fun fact? My husband and I are the proud pawrents of a beagle named Nellie, who we rescued from Humane Society Naples. If you had to describe her in a few words, it would be skeptical, pure and simple. She questions everything and everyone before deciding what deserves her attention, which I suppose is totally appropriate when her owners are both former reporters.