Jennifer A. Svihus, CFRE

President and Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jennifer brings more than 30 years of nonprofit management experience in health care and higher education fundraising.  She will draw upon her deep experience in healthcare fundraising as she plays a lead role in facilitating growth in both sustainable and transformational gifts in support of the hospital’s clinical programs. Jennifer is extremely mission-driven and has achieved tremendous success in board development, major gift, and campaign fundraising, and developing strategic partnerships with physicians and caregivers.

For the past several years, Jennifer was a senior associate in the healthcare practice of Bentz Whaley Flessner where she focused on campaign planning and management, major and principal gifts, advancement assessments, grateful patient fundraising, and building processes for comprehensive fundraising strategy and accountability.

Prior to her work as a consultant, Jennifer served as executive director for fundraising at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, where she oversaw major giving programs and developed a physician-focused grateful patient program. She also served as vice president of philanthropy for Sutter Health Valley Region and associate vice chancellor for development at University of California, Santa Cruz.  Her early experience also included working with the University of California, San Diego Health Sciences and, Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula. 

Jennifer received her master’s degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in health administration from Chapman/Brandman University and her bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of the Pacific. She brings proven leadership and management experience to Sequoia Hospital Foundation, along with a passion for supporting patients and families as they experience some of the most vulnerable and challenging moments in their lives.