Rev. Jennifer Wilder, LGPC, NCC holds her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and her Masters in Divinity from Union Theological Seminary. Prior to joining Potomac Programs, Jennifer worked in a variety of community and institutional settings, including Cristo Rey New York High School, New York University Langone Hospital, Baltimore Job Hunters Support group, and various churches.
Jennifer brings cross-discipline professional experience as an agent of change and healing justice in different capacities, including her work as an ordained Minister and Pastor, community organizer, retreat leader, and leader in conflict mediation. Early in her career, Jennifer was drawn to therapeutic work with teens and emerging adults who were survivors of trauma and conflict in El Salvador, influencing her to dedicate her life to catalyzing individual and collective transformation. Jennifer discovered DBT and experiential therapies over a decade ago when training cohorts of youth to be change-making leaders in their communities, leading to the eventual founding of the Highlander Institute Maryland, Pride Southern Maryland, and a school-based peer mediator program. In addition to her clinical counseling work, Jennifer is a staunch public advocate, including for the right to affordable mental health care. She is a University of Maryland Master Gardener specializing in community and therapeutic gardening, and she and her dog Abby serve clients and the community as a certified Pets on Wheels therapy dog team. For fun, Jennifer loves spending time with friends and family, hiking with her pup, reading, running, and exploring near and far.