Jennifer Lanser, the newly appointed Executive Director of Songcatchers, brings a strong belief in the power of music to enhance life and education. Being a pianist herself, she takes pride in her children's musical involvement. Her children are also musicians and have taken part in the NYSSMA Festivals.
In her previous role as the Director of Communications and Development for the Ursuline Sisters of the Eastern Province, Jennifer helped raise over a million dollars through fundraising, communication initiatives, and grants. She also revamped the Ursuline message to emphasize their continuous dedication to both local and global communities.
During her tenure as the Executive Director of the New Rochelle Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer served as a vocal advocate and public relations specialist for businesses in the community. She spearheaded marketing efforts, organized various community events including the Annual Thanksgiving Parade (she notably brought back Mighty Mouse to his hometown), Holiday Lighting, and Women of Excellence award dinner. Furthermore, Jennifer actively supported youth and underserved individuals through internship and workforce development programs. Her engaging radio show, "The Chamber Show," aired on WVOX for five years.
Jennifer's career journey began at Bellevue Hospital in NYC after graduating from Fordham University with a BS in Chemistry. She held diverse roles during her six years there, overseeing a volunteer internship program, managing the Blood Donor Program, and eventually managing Bellevue's Ambulatory Care clinic.
While pursuing her MBA in Marketing and International Business at Iona College, Jennifer joined Executive Health Exams International at Rockefeller Plaza in NYC. In her role as Director of Marketing, she successfully rebranded the 80 year old company founded by President W.H. Taft with a notable radio campaign featuring Howard Stern, Curtis Sliwa, and Kuby.
Recognized as a community advocate, Jennifer received the Distinguished Community Service award from the New Rochelle Chapter of the Salvation Army in 2016 for her contributions to their Christmas campaigns. In 2019, she was honored by United Hebrew for her outreach efforts during their 100 Year Anniversary celebrations and named Woman of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of New Rochelle.