As President of NoVo Foundation, Jennifer Buffett is responsible for the day-to-day creation and oversight of vision, strategy and program development. She also serves as chief liaison in NoVo’s partnership building with other foundations and nonprofits. Buffett co-chairs the Foundation’s board with her husband, composer and producer, Peter Buffett.
Through NoVo Foundation, Buffett works passionately to empower girls and women worldwide and to end the violence and exploitation against them. She serves on the boards of the Nike Foundation to promote “the girl effect,” the economic and social empowerment of adolescent girls in the developing world that results in a ripple effect of positive change; the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL); and V-Day.
Buffett began her work in philanthropy in 1997 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, primarily as funder of social service organizations, with a focus on early childhood education for at-risk children and families.
In September 2008, Buffett and her husband received the Clinton Global Citizen Award for their “visionary leadership and sustainable, scalable work in solving pressing global challenges.” They were named in Barron’s list of top 25 most effective philanthropists in 2009 and 2010, and in 2011 Newsweek magazine named her as one of the 150 women who “shake up the world.”