Jennifer Hollett is changing the way we engage in politics. A leading digital expert and visionary, Jenn uses social media to increase participation and mobilization in politics and social issues. She recently gave a TEDxTalk called “How To Hate Politics” that outlines how technology can positively change the way we engage with leaders and connect our communities.
Jennifer is a Broadbent Institute leadership fellow, an associate at the Atkinson Foundation, and a regular contributor to CTV’s ‘Power Play’. She was the digital director on Olivia Chow’s Toronto mayoral campaign, and currently combines digital consultation with sessional teaching at Harvard University.
Technologically savvy, Jenn developed the critically acclaimed 'Super PAC App' at the MIT Media Lab, which helped make television campaign ads more transparent during the 2012 U.S. election. Jenn has worked in digital communications since the late '90s, when she became the youngest manager ever at Sony Music Canada, and developed new media strategies for the label's top artists.
As an award-winning journalist and broadcaster, Jenn was driven by a passion for social justice while working at CBC, CTV, and MuchMusic. She won a Canadian Online Publishing Award for her work hosting the CBC's G20 Street Level blog during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, and was recognized by Amnesty International Canada with a 2009 Media Award for her CBC radio reporting from Israel/Palestine.
Human rights and social issues are a consistent focus in Jenn's work. She previously managed e-communications for Plan Canada, worked with Journalists for Human Rights to train journalists in Sierra Leone, and volunteered to create YouthCARE, a youth engagement program with CARE Canada. She is a strong advocate for women's and girls' rights, and has been proud to moderate the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto (2010), Paris (2011), Mexico City (2012), Moscow (2013), and Sydney (2014).
Jenn has a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Journalism and Communications from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University. She was raised by a single mother in St. Catharines, Ontario, and believes politics should be accessible to everyone.
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