Jennifer McClain

Jennifer McClain

Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, Economic Opportunities Program

Director of Financial Opportunities, LISC Chicago, Chicago, Illinois

Jennifer D. McClain is the Director of Financial Opportunities at LISC Chicago the nation’s leading community development support organization, working in Chicago neighborhoods since 1980. With residents and partners, LISC forges resilient and inclusive communities of opportunity across America. Jennifer directs and manages the organization’s network of 10 Financial Opportunity Centers which are neighborhood based centers offering integrated services of career development and placement, financial coaching, digital skills training, credit building and income supports access. She has been with LISC since 2007 working on the network management and implementation in Chicago and nationally.

Previously, Jennifer spent eight years at the Abraham Lincoln Centre on Chicago’s South Side where she served in many capacities ranging from Intake Specialist to Data Manager to Operations Analyst. Her job duties included managing the client intake process to coordinating the activities of program relocations. Jennifer is a past participant in the Allstate Foundation Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program and holds an Executive Scholar Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. Jennifer holds a Masters in Business Administration and in Public Administration (with a Nonprofit Management emphasis) from the Keller Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Dillard University.

Jennifer McClain is a member of the Chicagoland Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2019, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at