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Jennifer Hawkins



Southeast Minnesota


Phone: 507-280-5575
Cell: 651-408-5477
Fax: 507-280-2872

Extension Regional Center, Rochester
863 30th Avenue SE
Rochester, MN 55904-4915



  • B.A., Political Science and International Studies in Economics, Hamline University
  • M.P.P., Concentration in Economic Development, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota
  • M.B.A., Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota

Work experience

Jennifer joined the Community Vitality team in March 2017. Immediately prior to joining Extension, Jennifer worked at the Carlson School of Management's Carlson Global Institute as the Director of Strategic Initiatives and the Global Business Practicum program. In that capacity, she led the creation of a speaker and video series to highlight international business issues, designed and implemented a customer relationship management system, and led the department's strategic planning process among other key initiatives.

Prior to the Carlson School, Jennifer spent over seven years as a practitioner of economic development in roles at the regional and state levels in Minnesota. Her work in economic development includes the creation of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies, grant writing, revolving loan fund administration, evaluation of economic development initiatives, asset-based business attraction, and aligning resources to support the growth of new and existing businesses.

Affiliations, honors and community service

  • Awards: Duluth 40 under 40, Duluth News Tribune; Endeavor Fellowship, Australian Government
  • Member: Community Development Society; Economic Development Association of Minnesota; National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals
  • Certification: Program Evaluation Certificate, University of Minnesota
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