Jennifer Barksdale

Chief Finance and Operations Officer
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Jennifer Barksdale joined the Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation in 2007 and serves as Chief Finance and Operations Officer. A certified public accountant, Jennifer handles the organization’s budgeting, financial accounting and reporting, audit and tax coordination, grant accounting and human resources. She serves as a liaison for the Foundation’s investment committee and financial advisers who oversee a portfolio of market-rate investments that adhere to environmental, social and governance best practices. Jennifer also manages financial aspects of MRBF’s program-related investments, which advance the Foundation’s mission.

For eight years, Jennifer taught Accounting and Financial Reporting for Governmental and Not-for-Profit Organizations as an adjunct professor at Wake Forest University. Her previous positions include chief financial officer for NC Child, finance director for Uplift, Inc. and audit manager for Arthur Andersen. Jennifer is a member of the North Carolina Association of CPAs and the American Institute of CPAs. 

In her spare time, Jennifer volunteers with the Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center and enjoys spending time with her family in the North Carolina mountains. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Wake Forest University.