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Jenifer Sarver

Jenifer Sarver has nearly two decades of experience in media relations, crisis communications, speechwriting, coalition building, and media and presentation skills training. Her career has spanned the corporate, nonprofit and political worlds.

In launching Sarver Strategies, Jenifer focused her skills on training and storytelling, helping clients develop a narrative that effectively conveys their core values, and then preparing them to effectively deliver that message. Jenifer has extensive experience in media and presentation skills training, having conducted workshops and one-on-one trainings for a wide range of public figures including CEOs, foreign leaders, local and state political candidates and office holders, and nonprofit leaders.

Jenifer teaches courses on public speaking, advocacy communications, speechwriting, storytelling and confidence in communication, among other topics. She has lectured at UT Austin, Texas Woman’s University, Concordia University, American University and UT Dallas, among other institutions. She has taught at the Yale Women’s Campaign School. She has conducted international trainings in Kenya, Tunisia, Kazakhstan and Australia.

Jenifer spent nearly six years as Chief of Staff to Ambassador Karen Hughes, the Worldwide Vice Chair of Burson-Marsteller. In addition to supporting Ambassador Hughes, leading the Austin office and helping drive new business development, Jenifer managed a wide variety of accounts, from corporate communications to crisis response to overseeing all aspects of grassroots and media relations for a coalition.

Jenifer was the Deputy Director of Public Affairs at the U.S. Department of Commerce in the Bush Administration. She also served as the Director of The Archer Center and was a Senior Advisor on the Washington, D.C. staff of U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.

She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies. She received the degree of Master in Public Administration from American University. In 2017 she was selected as a Presidential Leadership Scholar.