About Jenn

Naval officer, civil engineer, and business founder Jenn Donahue has borne many responsibilities over the years:


  • 25-years of Naval Service—in charge of 1400 Navy personnel, and 3 battalions

  • Civil engineer—leading large scale, high profile geotechnical projects

  • Operations consultant—whose projects range from $6 to $64 million

  • Teacher—lecturer at both UC Berkeley and UCLA

  • Mentor—because we're each capable of achieving far more than we believe

  • Motivational speaker—with proprietary leadership tools and frameworks


Through it all, Jenn learned how to lead under pressure.


Jenn has led notable operations around the globe: she has built a bridge across the Euphrates river in the midst of the Iraq war. She has commanded an 800-personnel Battalion in Afghanistan. And she has constructed combat outposts in the middle of deserts filled with insurgents.


Jenn has led reconnaissance missions from earthquakes and tsunamis in Samoa and Japan. She has designed the seismic plans for a bridge over the Panama Canal. And she has built roads by blasting and drilling in the coldest climes of Ketchikan. Jenn has also served as technical expert on seismology for no fewer than five nuclear power plants.

Jen has also built her own firm, JL Donahue Engineering. Her prestigious client list includes Duke Energy, PG&E, National Chevron Phillips, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART), the cities of Anchorage as well as Seattle, and TN Valley Authority.

Along the way, Jenn has always made time to mentor scores of young leaders—many of whom have risen through the ranks in business and the US Navy. In fact Jenn’s biggest passion is helping rising leaders achieve their greatest potential…no matter the conditions. For her, it’s all about helping others step up, take charge, and lead under pressure.

Jenn earned her BS in Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M, then her Masters and PhD at UC Berkeley’s college of Engineering. Her board service includes EERI (Earthquake Engineering Research Institute) and USGS (United States Geological Survey).

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