Jennifer’s Bio

Business Attorney and Personal Rights Advocate

For 21 years, Jennifer has helped small businesses with their formation documents, contracts, SEC compliance, and trademark registration. She has worked with local and federal law enforcement to investigate and prosecute fraud cases; and has 17 years of experience assisting individuals with personal preparedness, estate planning, and probate matters. Active in the community for 30 years, Jennifer has been a leader in domestic and international community preparedness, as well as an advocate for anti-hunger organizations, the rights of the homeless and members of other marginalized communities.

Legal Practice and Experience

Managing Attorney, Mackley Law Idaho, Utah, Washington
Practice includes business law, including copyright and trademark registration and SEC compliance; drafting contracts and resolving contract disputes; estate planning and probate. Probono work includes immigration, landlord-tenant, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and child protection cases.

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Bannock County, ID
Caseload included misdemeanors, felonies, and mental commitments, with emphasis on juvenile justice and family law. Invited to represent Idaho prosecutors on The Department of Juvenile Corrections’ Two Year Planning Committee.

Judicial Intern, Utah Court of Appeals Salt Lake City, UT
Drafted memoranda opinions in civil and criminal cases for the presiding judge; participated in consultation on and drafting of full opinions.

Other Experience

Chair of Seattle Public Schools’ Title IX Task Force 2015

  • Led development of comprehensive strategy for preventing and responding to Title IX violations in Seattle School District and helped establish and staff Office of Student Civil Rights
  • Helped draft educational materials for distribution to 53,000 students and families and prepared resources for publication on educational website

Community Preparedness Leader 1984-present

  • Member of the McCarrison Society on nutrition and health and volunteer with the Amarpurkashi Rural Development Project in India. 1984-1987
  • Volunteer with the American Red Cross. 1985-1999
  • Assistant to Collegium Aesculapium, a non-profit health services organization, to facilitate delivery of medical equipment and knowledge internationally. 1989-1990
  • Developed a neighborhood-based preparedness program for 5,000 people in King County in 2005-2009 that has been adapted for use in other communities throughout the country.
  • Assisted in statewide expansion of Washington’s MYN (Map Your Neighborhood) preparedness program.
  • Served on the MMRS/LEPC (Metropolitan Medical Response System/Local Emergency Planning Committee) to help coordinate regional catastrophic planning efforts between government agencies, environmental and citizen groups, industry and emergency response officials. 2006
  • Featured community preparedness speaker at the 2009 Green Festival in Seattle.

Advocate for Individuals in Marginalized Groups 1990-present

  • Volunteer at CCNV shelter in Washington, D.C. assisting residents and staff. 1990
  • Supervisor at Road to Home Family Shelter and Women’s Shelter: worked with at-risk populations; supervised residents and weekly community volunteers; educated the public and city and state government officials on housing issues and solutions; assisted with grant writing and fundraising efforts. 1991-1994
  • Co-chair of U of U Public Interest Law Organization; representative to 1994 Public Interest Law National Congress in Washington, D.C. 1993-1995
  • Housing Intern at Utah Legal Services: conducted intake meetings, drafted court pleadings, negotiated housing issues between landlords and low-income tenants. 1994-1995
  • Street Law Instructor at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center teaching civil rights and life skills to incarcerated young men. 1996
  • Homeless Project Assistant at Mandel Legal Aid Clinic: conducted interviews; prepared court pleadings and legal memoranda for civil rights and police accountability cases. 1995-1996
  • Member of Interfaith Taskforce on Homelessness: lobby and educate state and local leaders; acquire and distribute food, clothing, and supplies; and supervise volunteers assisting families in homeless camps and shelters. 2004-present
  • Volunteer with Warm for Winter Project: over 38,000 handmade scarves and hats delivered to homeless individuals. 2006-2016

Founding Member, FOODCHAIN 1992-1994 Atlanta, GA

  • Served on Executive Committee of the National Board of Directors for two years.
  • Assisted in incorporation of Foodchain and expansion of network to more than 300 food distribution programs.
  • Helped secure national funders and food donors (UPS, Pizza Hut, etc.)
  • Organized national education/advocacy conferences in 1993 and 1994.

Assistant Director, Utah Food Bank 1990-1993 Salt Lake City, UT

  • Facilitated the expansion of the Food Bank’s capacity from countywide to statewide operations by organizing the Utah Emergency Food Distribution System (UEFDS).
  • Conducted negotiations with the 190 organizations and government entities that became members of UEFDS.
  • Established Give S.O.M.E.: a regional prepared and perishable food distribution network gathering food from grocery stores and restaurants to shelters, camps, and soup kitchens.
  • Coordinated grant writing and major fundraising events.
  • Recruited and supervised volunteers for on-site donation sorting and off-site food gathering projects (including youth, church groups, prison-release, and court-ordered volunteers).

Intern, Department of Housing & Urban Development 1990 Washington, D.C.

  • Helped develop federal interagency coordination of McKinney Act programs for the Interagency Council on the Homeless.
  • Assisted in drafting Memorandum of Understanding between the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Health and Human Welfare.
  • Reviewed grant applications and helped stream-lined grant application process.
  • Funded by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Grant.


University of Chicago Law School, Visiting Student, 1995-96
University of Utah College of Law, J.D., 1993-95
Brigham Young University, B.A. in Political Science, 1990
Il Collegio del Mondo Unito dell’ Adriatico, International Relations, 1984-85


Utah, 1996 Idaho, 1997 Washington, 2002