Leadership Fellow

Jennifer Hollett

Expertise: 
Communications,
Digital strategy,
Media relations,
Organizing,
Public narrative,
Social media

Jennifer Hollett is an award-winning broadcast journalist who uses social media to increase participation and mobilization in politics and social issues. As a television host and reporter, Jenn has worked for the CBC, CTV, and is a former MuchMusic VJ. In 2002, Jenn travelled to Kabul to host A MuchMusic Special: Afghanistan, a Gemini nominated documentary. She hosted the CBC's G20 Street Level blog during the 2010 G20 Summit in Toronto, which won a Canadian Online Publishing Award. She was also recognized by Amnesty International Canada with a 2009 Media Award for her CBC radio reporting from Israel/Palestine.

A leading digital expert, Jenn developed the critically acclaimed 'Super PAC App' at the MIT Media Lab, which helped make television campaign ads more transparent to viewers during the 2012 U.S. election. She has worked in digital communications since the late '90s, when she became the youngest manager ever at Sony Music Canada, and developed new media strategies for the label's top artists.

Human rights and social justice have been a consistent focus in Jenn's work. She previously managed e-communications for Plan Canada, worked with Journalists for Human Rights to train journalists in Sierra Leone, and volunteered to create YouthCARE, a youth engagement program with CARE Canada. She is a strong advocate for women's and girls' rights, and has been proud to moderate the G(irls)20 Summit in Toronto (2010), Paris (2011), Mexico City (2012), and Moscow (2013).

Jenn has a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Journalism and Communications from Concordia University in Montreal, and a Master in Public Administration from Harvard University.

Check out Jenn's TEDxTalk on “How To Hate Politics” that outlines how technology is offering new ways to see and create social change.