Jennifer Ward 

Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Government Affairs 

Jennifer Ward is Senior Vice President of Advocacy & Government Affairs for Orange County Business Council (OCBC). In her position, Jennifer advocates locally, in Sacramento and in Washington D.C. on behalf of OCBC’s diverse business and industry leaders to reinforce Orange County’s economic strength and influence.

Jennifer brings more than 10 years of experience leading public affairs and policy for communities across Southern California. Prior to OCBC, Jennifer served as Director of External Affairs for Clean Power Alliance, the nation’s largest community choice energy provider. There she led the outreach campaign for Clean Power Alliance’s transition of three million people in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties to new electricity supply service, working alongside 32 local governments, legislators, and regulators.

Prior to that, Jennifer worked on regional planning and economic development issues for 18 communities in Riverside County, serving as Director of Government Relations for the Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG). At WRCOG, Jennifer partnered with key stakeholders from the private and public sectors, higher education, and non-profits to generate cross-sector initiatives that enhance the future quality of life for inland Southern California. She has served on the Board of Directors for the US Green Building Council – Inland Empire, and is currently a member of Orange County’s inaugural cohort of the Coro Women in Leadership program. Jennifer graduated with a degree in Environmental Analysis, Society Development, and Policy from Claremont McKenna College.