TALENT: non-profit expertise, practical, conservationist, Nashville Native, institutional knowledge, Practical optimist, designer, emerging leader
Jennifer Tlumak Westerholm is a Nashville native and alumna of Metro Public Schools who graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College with honors in history. She holds a Master of Public Health in environmental health with honors from Emory University. Her experience includes federal government work at the Department of Energy in Washington, D.C. as an energy efficiency analyst and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia as a climate change research fellow. Jennifer has extensive experience working with nonprofit organizations focused on justice, health, and the environment in Nashville and beyond, both as staff member and Board member. Jennifer worked for five years as a client advocate and paralegal at Tennessee Justice Center, a nonprofit law and advocacy firm in Nashville representing indigent clients in civil cases. As a result of this work, she was honored as a Young Leader of the Year by the Tennessee Alliance for Progress. Her nonprofit experience also includes internships at the Solar Living Institute in Hopland, CA, a site for sustainable living demonstrations and workshops, and at White Earth Land Recovery Project, a Native American-led nonprofit in rural Minnesota focused on food security and renewable energy. In 2006, she was trained as a presenter for the Climate Reality Project. She currently serves as Chair of the Environment Committee for the League of Women Voters of Nashville.
Outside the Lab, Jennifer especially enjoys backpacking (two favorites: Savage Gulf, TN & Yosemite NP, CA), dancing (contra, waltz, and cajun/zydeco), and eating great food. She and her husband, Peter, live in East Nashville.