Jennifer Weiss-Wolf is Vice President for Development at the Brennan Center for Justice. She oversees all fundraising strategies for the organization, including leading the Center's 20th anniversary campaign. Since joining the Brennan Center in 2010, Jennifer has served as the Deputy Director of Development, Director of Special Projects, and Director of Foundation Relations.
As part of her work to commemorate the Center’s 20th anniversary, Jennifer conceptualized and co-edited the Brennan Center’s 2015 volume, Legal Change: Lesson’s from America’s Social Movements. The collection shares accounts from decades of legal advocacy in America and features case studies ranging from the victorious fight for marriage equality to partisan wrangling over the right to vote, reproductive freedom, the environment, gun rights and the Second Amendment, criminal justice reform, policing, and the death penalty.
Jennifer is a fierce advocate for and frequent writer on issues of gender and politics in America. She is the author of the forthcoming book, Periods Gone Public (Skyhorse, September 2017) and a regular contributor to Ms. Magazine. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME, Newsweek, The Nation, Bloomberg, Cosmopolitan, New York Daily News, Medium, Slate, Al Jazeera America, MSNBC, and the BBC. She is cited widely by the media, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, The Hill, NPR, Upworthy, New York Magazine, New York Observer, The Atlantic, Bustle, Mic, and Vice, among others. Jennifer is on the board of directors for Support the Girls and is an advisory board member of ZanaAfrica Foundation.
Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Jennifer was a Development Consultant specializing in foundations strategy for Legal Services NYC; Vice President, Development for the Pro Choice Resource Center; and Grants Manager for the American Civil Liberties Union. An entrepreneur at heart, Jennifer took a decade-long hiatus from the world of fundraising to envision and co-found Milk Money, a women-owned company that creates upscale franchise locations that sell recycled children's clothing (featured by The New York Times as a "neighborhood joint in the family way").
Jennifer earned a J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was Editor-in Chief of the Cardozo Women's Law Journal, and an A.B. from Lafayette College. She can be reached via email, on Twitter, or through her website www.jenniferweisswolf.com.
Periods Gone Public: Taking a Stand for Menstrual Equity
After millennia of being shrouded in taboo and stigma, periods have gone mainstream. A new, high-profile movement has emerged — one dedicated to bold activism, creative product innovation, and smart policy advocacy — to address the centrality of menstruation in relation to core issues of gender equality and equity.
In Periods Gone Public, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf — the Brennan Center's VP for Development — explores why periods have become a prominent political cause. From eliminating the “tampon tax,” to enacting new laws that ensure access to affordable, safe products, menstruation is no longer something to whisper about. Weiss-Wolf shares her firsthand account in the fight for “menstrual equity,” introducing the leaders, pioneers, and everyday people who are making change happen. And she challenges readers to face stigma head-on and elevate an agenda that recognizes both the power — and the absolute normalcy — of menstruation.