Jennifer White Holland, MSPH

Jennifer is a social justice and equity advocate committed to making systemic changes that will improve the health and well-being of her community.

At the Horizon Foundation, Jennifer nurtures relationships across the county and engages and mobilizes residents to support policies and programs that promote health for everyone who lives in Howard County. As part of this work, she leads the Foundation’s advocacy campaigns to fund and prioritize complete streets and to curb the consumption of sugary drinks. Jennifer is committed to building the equity and advocacy muscle of community members and partners in Howard County.

Most recently, Jennifer served as the community advocacy director at the American Heart Association in Baltimore, Maryland. In her role, she advanced local policy campaigns that focused on active transportation, tobacco control and other systems-level changes across the region. Previously, Jennifer served as the health equity partnerships manager with Voices for Healthy Kids, an initiative in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. In this role she focused on building the equity infrastructure of Voices and the American Heart Association, which strengthened existing partnership efforts and strategic engagement in advocacy campaigns.

Jennifer earned her bachelor of arts degree in political theory & constitutional democracy and social relations & policy from James Madison College and the Honors College at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. In addition, she earned her master of science in public health degree in reproductive, perinatal & women’s health from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Jennifer is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Patapsco River (Maryland) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated; a Silver Life Member of the NAACP; and chair of the board of trustees at Douglas Memorial Community Church in Baltimore, Maryland.

Favorite things in Howard County

  • Events and concerts at Merriweather
  • Exploring the trails in the Patapsco Valley State Park
  • Engaged community members

Why I care about promoting health and wellness

Being healthy and well affords us the opportunity to experience a full life. We must transform communities, eliminate barriers, and pursue equity so everyone can be healthy.