Jennifer Ernst serves as senior vice president and director of the Western Office and community investment officer of Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. She joined the FHLB Des Moines in 2015 upon its merger with the FHLB Seattle where she had been employed since 2000.
Jennifer is responsible for leading the Western Office to ensure employee engagement and cultural alignment with the Bank’s values and mission. She also provides leadership for the Bank’s Advisory Council and works with its Board of Directors to define a strategic direction for the Bank’s affordable housing and community investment products and strategies.
Previously, Jennifer held positions at Impact Capital where she worked with community development corporations to create multi-year business plans that informed enterprise investments. Prior to that, she worked as a neighborhood stabilization officer for the City of St. Louis and as a case manager for the Comprehensive Child Development Program.
Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of the Pacific and studied public administration at the University of Washington and University of Missouri St. Louis.