Jennifer Nolfi

Executive Director, Center for Retail Leadership

Jennifer Nolfi is an experienced business professional who brings a unique blend of work in both the public and private sectors. She has extensive ties to the region and Oregon's business community. One of Jennifer’s greatest strengths is her ability to weave together ideas, people, and resources to form partnerships and bring programs to life.

Jennifer joined PSU as the Director of the Athletic & Outdoor (A&O) Industry Program in 2015 and in 2017, was promoted to Executive Director, Center for Retail Leadership in The School of Business. Jennifer oversees certificate programs in the consumer products industry and provides programming for students and industry-focused on talent development.

Prior to joining PSU, she served as the Director for Partnership Development at Looptworks, a design firm that uses excess premium materials to craft limited edition clothing and accessories. There Jennifer gained experience in taking a product from ideation to market and working with partner brands to reduce their waste stream. Before that, Jennifer spent 12 years working for the Portland Development Commission (now Prosper Portland). She counts among her key accomplishments: spearheading a public-private research partnership that culminated in the first comprehensive market study of the A&O Industry. Jennifer returned to Oregon in 2002 after 15 years in Washington, DC.

  • BA, Political Science
    Lewis & Clark College
  • MBA, June 2021
    Portland State University
  • Project Management Certificate
    Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education