Episode #23 - Jenifer Sarver

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In episode 23, you'll get to listen to our June 2017 Polished Austin Luncheon, featuring Jenifer Sarver.

Jenifer has nearly two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training. Her career has spanned the corporate, nonprofit and political worlds, helping clients develop messages that will resonate with their core audiences and create strategies for effectively delivering those messages through the appropriate channels. In 2014, she launched Sarver Strategies, a communications consultancy, focused on training and storytelling, helping clients develop a narrative that effectively conveys their core values, and then preparing them to effectively deliver that message.

Jenifer spent nearly six years as Chief of Staff to Ambassador Karen Hughes, the worldwide vice chair of Burson-Marsteller, where she was also a Senior Director in the Public Affairs & Crisis Practice, and General Manager of the Austin office. Previously, Jenifer was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush Administration. She also served as the Director of The Archer Center, The University of Texas System campus in Washington, D.C., and was a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Jenifer worked in public relations at Cunningham Communications and Public Strategies, representing high tech and communications clients, and began her professional career in political campaigns, working as a Finance Director, and later as a Deputy Campaign Manager on two separate congressional races during the 1996 election cycle.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. She received the degree of Master in Public Administration from American University.

She is on the Advisory Councils of the UT Austin College of Communication and the Annette Strauss Institute for Civic Life, is on the board of the Archer Center and is chairman of the board of Texas 4000 for Cancer. She was selected as a Texas Lyceum director in 2013, and was asked to serve on the organization’s executive committee in 2015 and 2016. She was a member of the 2010 Leadership Austin Essential Class. In 2014, she was appointed as a member of the Texas Exes Council. In 2013, she received a “40 Under 40” Award from Maverick PAC. In 2015, she received the “Austin Under 40 Award” for Marketing, PR & Advertising.


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