Jennifer van der Meer

Managing Director, Dachis Group



Jennifer van der Meer is an Advisor to Luminary Labs, an innovation consultancy that helps companies increase relevancy in response to change economic, technological, and cultural conditions. A former Wall Street Analyst and Economist, Jen has held executive management roles at and Frog Design.

Prior to Luminary Labs, Jen was a partner at Drillteam where she developed participatory customer engagement programs for companies such as Target, Toyota, Nestle, Saucony, Neiman Marcus, earning the first social media marketing programs in the industry. Drillteam became part of Powered, Inc., and was then merged into Dachis Group in 2011. At Dachis Group, Jen served as EVP Managing Director, overseeing client service, strategy consulting, and experience design and delivery.

Jen is an angel investor, and is an advisor to several companies at the intersection of open data and health care. She is a co-founder at BuildForward, whose mission is to promote the highest energy standards possible in the building community. She is an Adjunct Professor at NYU’s ITP school, where she runs the VC Pitchfest, and teaches Lean Launchpad. She writes and speaks on the topic of strategy in a data-driven age, entrepreneurship, design thinking, and social capital.

BA, Comparative Religion, Trinity College, Hartford, CT, 1992 
MBA, Exchange Program, London Business School, London, UK, 1996 
MBA, International Business, Groupe HEC, Paris, France, 1997



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