Jennifer O’Flannery Anderson is vice president for community engagement and executive director of the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Foundation. She returned to her alma mater in December 2011 to head the university's new office of community engagement, which encompasses all fundraising, alumni relations, government relations, communications and marketing, and fundraising activities. Her goal is to make FAU a thoroughly engaged university by strengthening the university’s bonds with its constituencies including donors, alumni, businesses, and civic organizations.
Previously, Dr. O’Flannery Anderson was president and CEO of the United Way of Broward County. She made major strides in establishing United Way as a significant organization leading lasting change through targeted work in the community impact areas of education, income and health. As the County’s largest private funder, United Way introduced innovative initiatives as well as providing emergency assistance for thousands of hungry and homeless families serving more than 300,000 people.
Currently, Dr. O’Flannery Anderson is Vice Chair of the North Broward Hospital District Board of Commissioners, one of the top ten largest health care systems in the United States. Appointed by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, her term runs through June 29, 2013. She currently serves as the co-chair on the Quality of Life Committee for Broward County’s Six Pillars Initiative, is a board member for PACE Center for Girls, and is a member of the Forum Club of the Palm Beaches as well as the Palm Beach Literacy Coalition’s Board of Advisors. She has been involved in numerous community initiatives including serving the boards of United Way of Florida, Workforce One, Greater Fort Lauderdale Alliance and Donor’s Forum of South Florida. She is a graduate of Leadership Florida and Leadership Broward.
Dr. O’Flannery Anderson received her bachelor’s degree from Florida State University; her master’s degree from the University of South Florida; and her doctorate degree from Florida Atlantic University. In the summer of 2011 she attended Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Course, “Strategic Perspectives in Non-Profit Management.” She also represented Broward County at the White House for a meeting of Florida’s community leaders. In 2010, Jennifer was named one of South Florida’s Most Influential Businesswomen by South Florida Business Journal and a Woman of Distinction by the March of Dimes. She lives in Fort Lauderdale, with her husband, Peter Anderson.