Jennifer Lockwood-Shabat is the President and CEO of the Washington Area Women's Foundation, a public foundation dedicated to mobilizing the community to ensure that economically vulnerable women and girls in the Washington, DC metropolitan region have the resources they need to thrive. Lockwood-Shabat joined The Women's Foundation in 2008, providing strategic guidance while leading the program, development, and communications functions.
Lockwood-Shabat has devoted her career to improving the lives of low-income and underserved women and girls. Prior to joining The Women's Foundation, Lockwood-Shabat served as the Director of Public Policy at the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association, where she advocated on behalf of publicly funded family planning clinics and worked to improve access to family planning services for low-income and uninsured individuals. Before that, she spent 10 years at Women's Policy, Inc., where she directed the organization's policy research and analysis and worked extensively with the Congressional Caucus for Women's Issues. In 2013, her efforts were recognized by Capital One and the Washington Mystics, when she was named a Community Champion. Lockwood-Shabat was a 2014 Ford Foundation Public Voices Fellow and currently sits on the State Early Childhood Development Coordinating Committee.
Lockwood-Shabat holds a master's in international policy studies with a concentration in women in development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a bachelor's in political science from the University of New Hampshire.