Jennifer is the Executive Director of Leadership California, a network of more than 1,600 accomplished women, dedicated to advancing the leadership role of women in business, communities and public policy.
Previously, she was Deputy Executive Director for external affairs and operations at the Association of California Water Agencies, overseeing the association’s teams that work to advance ACWA’s image/brand, issues, policies and delivery of service to members.
During her 29-year tenure at ACWA, she has held the positions of director of strategic coordination and public affairs, director of communications and outreach, director of communications and human resources, and manager of public affairs.
Before joining ACWA, Persike worked for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District and for Sun-Diamond Growers of California, a statewide agricultural cooperative.
She earned her bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations from California State University, Chico.