Jennifer Post, Managing Partner of Thompson Coburn's Los Angeles Office, was featured in a Brandeis University publication kicking off their Pride Month coverage. As part of the Brandeis University Alumni Stories section, the article, "‘Out and Outspoken’: A Rigorous Role Model Uplifts the LGBTQ+ Community," focuses on Jennifer's time on the Brandeis campus, her commitment to leading colleagues and community by example, and her personal approach to Pride.
As a longtime mentor to the LGBTQ+ community, Jennifer helps LGBTQ+ professionals in start-ups, technology and real estate investment as an advisor to aspiring entrepreneurs, and hosts a monthly networking group for Los Angeles-based LGBTQ+ professionals and allies. She has received numerous accolades as an attorney and volunteer, most recently the Women of Influence award and the Los Angeles Top 100 Lawyers award from the Los Angeles Business Journal in 2022.
In the article, Jennifer, who graduated from Brandeis in 1986, revealed one of the reasons she chose the university was its open approach to political discourse, activism, critical thinking and different points of view. "It empowered students and student bodies, whether LGBTQ+, feminist, social justice or other types of political activism," Jennifer said. "The gift from Brandeis was the permission to think critically about what brings harmony and meaning and purpose, and learning that I could find that in a profession. I'm living a purposeful life, I’m not hiding, I’m helping my community and those are strengths and capabilities I got at Brandeis."
Jennifer's feature takes an in-depth look at what Pride means to her and how that meaning has changed over time. "When I was younger and newly out, it was a time to re-up the commitment to creating equality and bearing witness to all the strength, joy and diversity visible during Pride events," Jennifer said. "Pride now means being visible for those who crave equality but are denied it. That visibility wasn’t there or as accessible back in the day and was controlled by mainstream media."
Jennifer is involved in several non-profits, including StartOut, which provides LGBTQ+ entrepreneurs with education, resources and access to capital, and Rainbow Capital, which provides resources to underrepresented sponsors of commercial real estate products.
The Brandeis Alumni Association talked to Jennifer about her work as mentor with the LGBTQ+ business community, which has been an initiative of hers for a long time. She said, "We now need to enhance the wealth generation of the LGBTQ+ community, to influence business from the inside, to develop wealth and use it in ways that can realize other community goals. We also need to get more LGBTQ+ investors involved in projects through professionalized funds, angel funds and seed funds."
The article was launched on several Brandeis platforms, including Brandeis Now, the Brandeis Alumni Association page, Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook.
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