Jennifer Balch Hale brings to the A2SO over 26 years of non-profit experience, and a specialization in donor relations, development, planned and endowment giving, and stewardship. Jennie is a true Ann Arbor “Townie” and an Ypsilanti fan at heart. She went to school at Bader Elementary, Tappan Middle School, and Huron High School, and eventually graduated from DePaul University in Greencastle, Indiana. Jennie spent the years following her college career living in Washington DC, Alexandria, VA, Honolulu, HI, and Silverdale, WA, which never quite measured up to Ann Arbor. She jokes that Honolulu was pretty close though! Jennie decided that Ann Arbor was, in the end, the very best place to raise her daughter, Julia, and returned permanently several years ago. Jennie’s love of live music began when her daughter started singing before she could talk, and grew with the dozens of concerts and performances she attended over the years. In fact, Jennie’s first A2SO concert was Mahler’s 5th, in which her daughter performed with the Ann Arbor Youth Chorale’s Concert Choir. Since returning to Ann Arbor, Jennie’s been active in Washtenaw County at many organizations and most recently served as Growing Hope’s Development Director (where she will remain active as a volunteer). Jennie also worked with the Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation for 15 years, where she served in various capacities, including Development Officer. Throughout her career, Jennie has volunteered with a plethora of organizations, including Neutral Zone, Friends of the Pioneer Choirs, Ann Arbor Youth Chorale, the YMCA Teen Programming Committee and Strong Kids Campaigns, and the Eberwhite Elementary School PTO. In addition to continuing with Growing Hope as a member of their Advisory Committee, Jennie is also currently on the Board of the Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark, and serves as the Foundation Officer on the Ann Arbor Delta Gamma Alumnae Board. This fall, Julia starts her freshman year of college at DePaul University in Chicago, and Jennie’s only office supply request is that we keep her well-stocked with Kleenex.