“I value starting a project from the ground up and seeing its ultimate benefit to the community.”
Jennifer Imo, a partner at TFG and member of the firm’s management committee, represents municipal governments with a focus on transportation, community and economic development, public works, criminal justice, and public safety. In addition, she serves as the Federal Director of the National Association of Towns and Townships, a local government advocacy group that represents the interests of approximately 10,000 towns and townships across the country.
Jennifer provides strategic consulting and federal advocacy services for her clients, helping them find innovative ways to address local issues and fund local priority projects. As a result of her successful strategizing and strong relationships with congressional offices, Jennifer’s clients have secured more than $100 million in federal appropriations, authorizations and competitive grants in the 14-plus years she has been with TFG.
Additionally, Jennifer fosters productive relationships between her clients and various federal agencies. On behalf of the National Association of Towns and Townships, she led an effort to secure bipartisan congressional and administrative support for an initiative that repealed a costly unfunded mandate on state and local governments related to road sign replacement. In addition, she facilitated a working relationship between the Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and a local government to develop a program for displaced workers who lost their jobs in furniture and textile plant closings. She also negotiated an agreement between the Federal Transit Administration and a community that enabled city leaders to spend congressionally-appropriated funds immediately instead of having to wait for the lengthy disbursement process, ensuring that an important project was not delayed.
Jennifer lobbies Congress on a variety of legislative issues of interest to local authorities. She works closely with groups like the National League of Cities and National Association of Counties to affect legislation that touches many aspects of local government, and represents TFG as a strategic partner to the International City/County Management Association. Jennifer has spoken at numerous conferences and webinars on a variety of local issues, focusing primarily on helping communities access federal support for local priorities and initiatives. She has also conducted advocacy training workshops at legislative fly-ins and conferences.
She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her J.D. from Wake Forest University.