Jennifer O'Donnell

Jennifer O'Donnell
jodonnel@wellesley.edu
Women's and Gender Studies
B.A., Wellesley College; M.S., Ph.D., Harvard School of Public Health

Jennifer O'Donnell

Visiting Lecturer in Women's and Gender Studies


Jenny O’Donnell is a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. An alumna of Wellesley College, she is thrilled to contribute to the academic community that shaped her career and scholarship. Following her Bachelor of Arts degree from Wellesley College, Jenny received a Master of Science from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. In 2017, she completed a Doctorate of Science, also at the Chan School, in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences. A Maternal and Child Health/Children, Youth and Families Center of Excellence trainee, her dissertation research focused on qualitatively and quantitatively exploring the intersection of place and individual attributes on access to reproductive health services in rural communities in Central Appalachia.

In addition teaching at the College, Jenny serves as the Deputy Director of Provide, Inc., a national nonprofit organization that works in partnership with health and social service providers to build a health system that is equipped to respond to women’s health care needs around unintended pregnancy and abortion. In that role, she stewards organizational development, overseeing the Core Functions division and work in Fund Development, Communications, Human Resources, Technology, Finances, and Evaluation. As a member of Provide’s executive leadership since 2010, Jenny also works with colleagues to ensure strategic and effective programming in support of the organization’s mission.  Related to her work at Provide, Jenny was Fellow in the 2012-2013 cohort of the National Council for Research on Women-Amex Fellowship, a program dedicated to developing women leaders in the nonprofit sector.