Jennifer M. Deamud is a results-orientated leader with over twenty years’ experience encompassing strategic communications, fund development, strategic planning and program implementation. She is currently the COO/Associate State Director of the Michigan Small Business Development hosted by Seidman College of Business. Jennifer has the passion and skillset to look outside of the box for innovative solutions to challenges that arise. She strives to provide a culture where everyone on the team is empowered to maximize their potential.
She holds a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Science in Communications, and a Bachelor of Science in Public Relations from Grand Valley State University. She is also a certified business consultant and a graduate of both Grand Valley State University’s Leadership Program and the Grand Rapids Chamber’s Rising Women Leaders Program.
Jennifer thoroughly enjoys mentoring other women and giving back to the community. She serves on a number of boards, including being a member of the ASBDC National Accreditation Team, chair of the Grand Rapids Chamber’s ATHENA Council, board member of the Woman’s Resource Center and Vice President of the Byron Days Festival board. Jennifer also spends time volunteering with Women’s Resource Center mentoring women exiting jail, Byron Center schools and being a Girl Scout troop leader.
Jennifer has received a variety of awards throughout her career, including the YWCA Tribute Award for Community Service, Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty” award, the LeAnne Moss Service award from Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women and the National Association of Small Business Development Center (ASBDC) Michigan’s State Star Award to name a few.