Jennifer Bentley is the Executive Director of the Michigan State Bar Foundation, a position she started in January 2017. The Michigan State Bar Foundation was established in 1947 and provides leadership and grants to improve access for all to the justice system. She had dedicated her career to legal aid since graduating from law school in 1997. Prior to her current position, Jennifer has been a staff attorney and manager in legal aid programs, most recently serving as chief development officer to lead efforts for expansion and growth for the Michigan Advocacy Program. Jennifer's work has involved a wide range of administrative duties, program development, policy planning and service delivery innovations. In 2007, Jennifer obtained in her Certificate in Fundraising Management from the Indiana University Center on Philanthropy. She has been involved in statewide and national work to increase resources for civil legal aid to the poor and has been a frequent presenter at the MIE Fundraising Conference.