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Jennifer Niggemeier

Associate Director, Leadership Initiative

Jennifer Niggemeier is the associate director of the Ford’s School Leadership Initiative, having served as the school's director of graduate career services for twenty-four years. Jennifer has worked closely with graduate students, providing career coaching and supporting students’ search for meaningful internships and careers. Jennifer played a key role in enhancing the visibility of the Ford School and establishing recruiting relationships with employers and alumni in the U.S. and abroad. Through her ongoing work with the Leadership Initiative, she focuses on group and individual leadership coaching to enhance students’ emotional intelligence and leadership presence.

Jennifer is actively involved in the Career Directors group of the Association of Professional School of International Affairs (APSIA), participated in the Fulbright International Administrators Seminar in Germany, and has served on the steering committee of the U-M Career Services Network. Jennifer is an International Coach Federation (ICF)-certified Leadership Coach and a graduate of Georgetown University’s Executive Certificate in Leadership Coaching Program. She  is certified in the DiSC and MBTI assessments and also administers the Leadership Practices Inventory and CliftonStrengths.  Jennifer holds an M.Ed. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland and a B.A. in Economics from The King's College.

Prior to joining the Ford School, Jennifer worked in career services at the University of Michigan Career Center and at The Ohio State University. Before making her own career change into higher education, Jennifer worked in employee benefits consulting with The Wyatt Company (now Towers Watson) in Washington, DC.