President and CEO
As founder and president of JHL Company, Rocca and Austin Best Events, Jennifer Stevens built her reputation as a strategic messaging leader through innovation and action. Although her Texas roots run deep, her no-nonsense approach, roll-up-your-sleeves attitude and straight-talking charm continues to win accolades from clients around the nation and across the globe.
With more than 20 years of communication strategy, event planning, public relations and public affairs experience, Jennifer is a seasoned expert in building brands, managing campaigns and leading her clients to success.
Jennifer’s experience represents a who’s who list of clients and a remarkable catalog of successful campaigns and events. She provides expertise and guidance to dozens of executives, nonprofits, professional associations and corporations. A born creative and strategist, Jennifer never lets logistics stand in the way of extraordinary ideas. She continually pushes both her team – and her clients – to think bigger. Whether she’s aligning international protocols, creating a message strategy to advance a political or business agenda, or leading an organization through a crisis, Jennifer successfully leads – concept to details.
Jennifer grew up in Texas politics and amazes even the most seasoned political veterans with her quick recall of policies, players, accomplishments and alliances. She began her career on the 1994 George W. Bush for Governor Campaign and quickly earned a trusted reputation with her long list of accomplishments. In her last political campaign, she served as campaign manager for U.S. Senator John Cornyn’s successful 2002 election.
Jennifer’s commitment to Austin extends beyond her businesses, with dedicated support of the Austin community. She serves as board president of the Susan G. Komen Austin Affiliate and as an executive board member of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer also serves on the board of Foster Angels of Central Texas. She also gives back as a member of the Dell Children’s Hospital Trust and a founding member of the Children’s Advocacy Center of Texas Women of Courage. In addition, Jennifer serves on the boards of YMSL and the Seton Fifty.
A native of Denton, Texas and a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Jennifer and her husband raise their three children, Morgan, Michael and Elle to appreciate the unique city they call home, have a passion for life and a love for Texas Longhorn sports.