Jennie Starr

Regional Council Member, San Diego

Jennie is a lawyer and sales and marketing professional with operations and management experience. Jennie offers sales and marketing services for life science companies; currently with BioForm Solutions, a San Diego-based contract research organization providing services for the analysis of probiotics in the supplement, food and beverage, cosmetic, and agriculture markets. Jennie is a board member of Women in Bio (WIB) and founded and chairs the MAPs (Mentors, Advisors and Peers) program for Southern California. Jennie practiced law with two mid-sized firms and then led sales and product teams at Lexis-Nexis, Gateway, and startups MusicMatch (sold to Yahoo) and MedUnite (sold to ProxyMed). Jennie has a BA from Northwestern University, MA from the University of Illinois, and a JD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Jennie is also the founder and Director of Tarbuton, a nonprofit that offered Israeli cultural programs for youth and adults in San Diego from 2006-2016 with generous support from the IAC. Tarbuton continues today with a mission of creating new entry points for Jewish community by supporting independent Jewish and Israeli community projects through the Startup18 Lab and fellowships. A long time advocate of Hebrew Public, Jennie advocated for Kavod, San Diego’s Hebrew Language Charter School and created a Jewish After School program for charter students, Kesher, generously funded by the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life.  Jennie served on committees of the Jewish Federation of San Diego County including YAD Young Adult Leadership, Yom Haatzmaout/Celebrate Israel, Yom HaZikaron, and P2P Shaar HaNegev Partnership committees.  She is also a member of the San Diego AIPAC Council. Jennie is an avid runner and lives in San Diego with her husband and two teens. Jennie founded and served as a mentor for IAC Eitanim. She is passionate about establishing the IAC programs solidly in San Diego to service the community for years to come.