As the director of grants for The Florida Bar Foundation Jennifer Wimberly is responsible for leading the organization’s grantmaking and program activities. She also serves as Foundation staff on the Continuum and the Access to and Delivery of Legal Services subcommittees of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice.
Jennifer has been in the legal profession since 1997. She started her legal career as a paralegal, and prior to attending law school worked on “both sides of the fence” at a consumer rights law firm and then at a creditors’ rights law firm in South Carolina. Her diverse background includes working in several substantive legal areas, including bankruptcy, family law, public benefits, housing and immigration.
Prior to joining the Foundation’s staff in 2008, she was the public benefits attorney at the Legal Aid Society of the Orange County Bar Association. She was honored to be a member of the litigation team that earned the Foundation’s prestigious Steven M. Goldstein Award in 2006 for its work on access to prescription drugs that affected thousands of Medicaid patients in Florida. Prior to relocating to Orlando in 2004, Jennifer was a public benefits attorney at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid.
While attending law school at Florida Coastal School of Law, Jennifer was bitten by the public interest law bug and never looked back. While a law student, she was both a Florida Bar Foundation Public Service Fellow and Summer Fellow at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid. At Florida Coastal School of Law she was a founding member of the Women Law Students’ Association and the National Association of Public Interest Law (NAPIL, now Equal Justice Works) chapter. Upon graduation, she received the Barbara McCalla Memorial Award honoring her compassion, her commitment to both the community and Florida Coastal School of Law, and her strong interest in the support of justice for the less fortunate.
After earning her bachelor’s degree in political science in 1994, Jennifer initially worked at her alma mater, the University of South Carolina, as an administrative assistant for a statewide program whose mission was increasing and improving minority students’ participation in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. In high school, she served as a U.S. Senate Page to Sen. Strom Thurmond. She is a native of Charleston, S.C.