VP, Social Innovation, West Elm; VP, Corporate Social Responsibility
Jennifer Gootman is the Vice President of Social Consciousness and Innovation at West Elm, where she oversees the brand’s commitments to local and global makers, supply chain transparency, and sustainability. Jennifer also serves as the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for West Elm’s parent company, Williams Sonoma, Inc., leading social labor compliance and programming across the company’s eight brands. Prior to West Elm, Jennifer spent more than a decade working with non-profits and social enterprises in New York, Nicaragua and India, working within design-driven industries to create social impact through supply chain innovation. Jennifer holds a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business, is a recent fellow in the Aspen Institute’s First Movers program and makes jewelry in her spare time. She has been invited to present her work at the Aspen Institute, United Nations, Fast Company Innovation Festival, Columbia Business School Social Enterprise Conference and Fair-Trade Federation Conference and serves on the board of Chicago-based ethical fashion company Mata Traders and as an advisor to NYU Stern’s Center for Sustainable Business.