Jennifer Deamud, Associate State Director
is responsible for creating and developing communication strategies for the state headquarters and the 11-region network.
She assists with long-range planning and program development, manages Michigan Celebrates Small Business, and maintains key statewide relationships with stakeholders, partners, clients, and media.
is an accomplished communications professional with 18 years of communication, strategic planning, and media relations experience.
Jennifer serves on the ATHENA steering committee and Leadership Forum subcommittee and is co-chair of the INFORUM Small Business & Entrepreneurship Affinity Group.
is actively involved as a steering committee member of Huntington
Bankâ€™s Rising Women Leaders Alumni group.
She is a member of the WGVU Engage Committee and was part of the LZ Michigan Welcome Home Vietnam Vets.
Jennifer also spends time volunteering with Mel Trotter Ministries and has spent several years volunteering with the Special Olympics.
Jennifer enjoys giving back to her local community by volunteering at the Byron Center Schools, being an AYSO soccer coach, and mentoring young women.
Jennifer is in the Master of Public Administration program at GVSU and has a Master of Science in Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Advertising and Public Relations from GVSU.
She is a graduate of Grand Valley State Universityâ€™s Leadership Program and the Huntington Bankâ€™s Rising Women Leaders Program.
She is a certified business consultant.
has received the Grand Rapidâ€™s Business Journalâ€™s â€œ40 Under Fortyâ€� award and the Association of Small Business Development Center
(ASBDC) Michigan's Star Performer Award.