Jennie Starr, JD, MA
Marketing & Communications
I practiced law and then fell in love with product management. I have supported many companies by building and leading sales and product teams. Today, I work at Seres Therapeutics where I built Donor Recruitment and lead the Marketing and Communications for our donor program.
Life Sciences & High-Tech and, yes Data
I love working with data. At Lexis-Nexis we mined data to discover fraud, at MusicMatch to offer consumers new music and in life science we are using bioinformatics to research and develop new therapeutics. Data driven products have unique intellectual property and business development opportunities and operational challenges and I am inspired to support companies pursuing them.
BioTech, IP Licensing and Technology Commercialization, San Diego State University
JD, Law, Washington University School of Law
MS, Information Science, University of Illinois
BA, Political Science, Northwestern University
Board Member, Women in Bio (WIB) Southern California 2022-present
National Chair, Women in Bio (WIB) – Executive Cohorts 2020-present
Multiple Chair roles: Chapter Chair, 2020-2021, Chair, MAPS, Mentors, Advisors and Peers group (2017-2020)
I also founded a nonprofit serving as the Executive Director and managing operations including HR, Legal, Finance, Board management and corporate governance.
- Client Counseling Competition Finalist and Regional Competitor & Order of Barristers Excellence in interview, counsel, rapport, investigation and service of client goals. Also recognized for the art of courtroom advocacy.
- Sales Excellence Awards Lexis-Nexis President’s Club(2), Circle of Excellence (2), Midwest Region(1)
- Slingshot Guide Tarbuton & Startup18 (3) Annual compilation of the most inspiring and innovative American Jewish nonprofits. Foundations use the Guide as a trusted source to guide grant decisions.
Goals for my Teams
I encourage collaboration, empower leadership and ownership from idea to execution, expect mistakes will happen but we’ll leverage lessons learned for future success. I encourage professional development while meeting and exceeding goals.
I have worked in highly structured settings (legal) rapid pace (high tech) and bring legal skills (SOWs, NDAs, negotiation) into the creative (product management) to improve communication (sales tools, training) and strengthen process (project management, functional specification, enhancement pipelines) to make teams more efficient and meet product deadlines.
I am very good at putting just enough process in place to increase productivity without impeding innovation.
Jennie joined our Marketing Group as product management director for an early stage Internet service with a get-to-market urgency. She immediately brought focus to the development effort, spear-headed product definition, and led a successful Marketing-Engineering collaboration through the development process. Jennie is a strong collaborator with an effective “ready, aim, fire” approach to product development.
It has been quite a while since we worked together at Musicmatch, but working with Jennie isn’t something you forget quickly. Her drive and optimism matched with the ability to get things done and keep the whole experience very positive. I would be glad to work with her again any time.