Jennifer Yribar, Communications Manager
Jennifer Yribar (she/her) provides leadership and strategy to guide the department’s community engagement, communication, and brand management services. Together with a talented team, she strives to deepen access to and support for Boise's history and cultural sectors by maximizing a variety of dynamic communications and people-centered platforms. She also manages a team that oversees grants, education, and public programming.
Born and raised in Switzerland, Jennifer earned an M.A. in French Language and Literature from the University of Geneva. She moved to Seattle as a visiting graduate student to teach French. While there, she earned an M.A. in Communication from the University of Washington. She’d planned to return to her hometown in the Swiss Alps after graduating. Instead, she fell in love with the field of communication and an unassuming Basque-American teaching Spanish, eventually making his hometown of Boise her own too.
Jennifer has spent her career in communication advancing a forward-thinking public agenda that underscores the transformative power of arts and culture in building community and inspiring action. Highlights include working with the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program, Global Ties U.S., and the World Affairs Councils of America.
Jennifer brings the same intentionality into her personal life, practicing and sparking cultural awareness and curiosity in her two young children whether through literature, friendships, or sharing in many of Boise's cultural offerings. She and her family love hiking, biking, and skiing in Idaho's scenic mountains, traveling, and experiencing music.