With more than 15 years of professional experience in the nonprofit and public sectors, Jennifer Haugh developed a passion for solving environmental problems through art while serving on the Minneapolis Arts Commission (including two years as chair), during which time she guided the development of the City’s first formal set of policies regarding art and artists. She was also president of Encore Wind Ensemble and Coffee House Press.
After serving as a legislative aide for U.S. Congressman Bruce F. Vento in Washington, D.C., Haugh worked with Walker Art Center and Minnesota Citizens for the Arts, assisting with arts advocacy strategies on a statewide level in Minnesota. She also led marketing, development, and strategic planning efforts for Minnesota Youth Symphonies and media relations and corporate communications for American Public Media, where she founded the Green Team and launched an award-nominated “Year of the Bike” initiative. In 2009, she founded Haugh Communications, a full-service writing and editing shop for students and professionals.
A 2011 graduate of the mid-career Master in Public Administration program at Harvard Kennedy School, Haugh is also a 2014 graduate of a Master in Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, with a research focus on mitigating the aesthetic effects of wind energy. In 2014, she founded Iconic Energy Consulting, a firm dedicated to facilitating the integration of public art into large-scale energy and environmental infrastructure projects.
In spring 2014, Iconic Energy Consulting was selected as a finalist with the Harvard-wide Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge, a competition initiated by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Project.
Haugh was a guest lecturer at the Harvard Graduate School of Design on U.S. recycling policies and at Yestermorrow Design Build School on aesthetic mitigation of renewable energy. She is also a Rappaport Institute policy fellow and worked for the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on energy efficiency programs for commonwealth-owned facilities.
Haugh lives in Lincoln, Massachusetts.