Jennifer Cloer 29 January 2008
Information junkie, wife, friend, sister, daughter, aunt and colleague
Jennifer has spent her career helping companies, organizations and people promote what’s most important to them. Public relations is her trade and she loves it. If there is such a thing as a PR nerd, she is it.
Jennifer has spent the last three years at Page One PR where she runs the public relations program for The Linux Foundation, formerly known as the Open Source Development Labs. She also managed the launches of the nonprofit Software Freedom Law Center, the Open Solutions Alliance, and heads the public relations programs for Portland-based Collaborative Software Initiative and open source software companies Funambol and JasperSoft. She also heads up the firm’s interests in the clean-tech sector and is working with Clean Edge, a Portland-based leading research and publishing firm that helps companies, investors and governments understand and profit from clean technologies. Prior to joining Page One PR, Cloer was at The Metropolitan Group where she worked on media relations programs for Gerding Edlen, gDiapers and New Seasons Market. Jennifer also spent a number of years working as a PR manager at Tektronix, where she led PR for the mobile test business lines.
While working in Eugene, Jennifer also worked with The Ulum Group, HIV Alliance, Hult Center for the Performing Arts, the City of Eugene, and others. A former legislative aide, she holds a BA in journalism from the University of Oregon.
What are you up to?
Trying to see all the Oscar-nominated movies before the ceremony (if there is one). Following election coverage. Researching for a trip to Europe. Devouring everything I can find on clean technologies. Trying to figure out the best crockpot recipe on earth.
What are you into?
I’m into the news and how we, as a society and as individuals, interpret it. Media literacy and ethics are maybe the most interesting topics on the planet. The power of the media to influence is inspiring and scary at the same time. The online medium is finally starting to be a vehicle for the citizens voice again, which is so critical today. On a lighter note, I love Portland food and Oregon wine. I’m making my way through all of our amazing restaurants and bars!
What do you like most about Portland?
That it’s only two hours from where I grew up (Eugene) and just as cool but bigger and more diverse. I love the community and the beauty of the city. People are friendly and want to help each other.
What do you enjoy about your job?
A lot of things. But, I really I love working with entrepreneurs. I enjoy partnering with them to understand their vision very early on and how their business, technology or idea will change a market or a community. Seeing the potential and being able to work with a group of truly innovative and very smart people to make it happen is very, very cool.
Where is your favorite place on earth?
Anywhere with my husband and my family but if I had to choose A place it would be the Columbia Gorge. If you’ve never been to the Gorge Amphitheater in Quincy, you haven’t lived.