20 Under 40: Jennifer Richardson

Account Manager/Chief Storyteller, Funk/Levis & Associates

Age: 39

Jennifer Richardson is a marketing manager, public relations specialist and accomplished journalist. At Funk/Levis & Associates, she assists organizations in achieving their marketing and communication objectives. She specializes in helping businesses make an impact through creative and unique storytelling. She also leads seminars on best practices for working with the media and becoming a great company spokesperson. For nearly two decades, Jennifer worked in television newsrooms across the country and at KEZI in Eugene. She reported on important news topics with an emphasis on ethics and storytelling.

Jennifer believes giving back is one of the most important things we can do. She has volunteered for the March of Dimes, United Way, American Heart Association and Children’s Miracle Network. She currently serves on the board of directors for the Boys & Girls Club of Emerald Valley and volunteers on the committee for Kendall’s Catwalk for a Cause, which benefits the club. She has chaired the Field of Dreams fundraiser for the past two years. At this year’s event, Jennifer helped the club raise more than $100,000, which will fund programming for local children.

When she’s not at work or volunteering her time in the community, Jennifer loves spending time with her husband, Brian, and their two children, Hailey and Grant. A proud University of Southern California Trojan, she also enjoys giving her fellow Duck fans a hard time on game day.

Jennifer encourages others to be kind, take chances, do what’s right for their mind and soul, and, most importantly, make a difference.