Jennifer M. Alfaro is the Chief Administrative Officer for the David H. Murdock Research Institute (DHMRI). Ms. Alfaro brings more than 15 years of experience and expertise in the management of nonprofit and for profit entities. At the DHMRI, she manages the full range of administrative, logistical and operational duties in a wide variety of program areas including finance, legal, human resources, and property management. She oversees the day-to-day business operations of the Institute, developing and directing programs designed to meet the needs of the Institute, clients, vendors, and staff. Prior to joining the DHMRI in 2008, Ms. Alfaro had a well-rounded career in operations and marketing management with experience in the real estate and entertainment industries. She is a graduate of North Carolina State University.
I have been in this area for all of my life – my family originated from the Kannapolis area and was employed at Cannon Mills. Given that members of my family worked in the textile industry, I witnessed how job opportunities changed in the U.S. and moved away into foreign markets. As a result of my relationship to and dedicated interest in this area, I navigated my career toward understanding how to assist dislocated workers in the region. I was a member of the Rapid Response team that supported the community when Pillowtex closed in 2003. When the R3 Center of Rowan-Cabarrus Community College opened in 2007, I joined the center which is designed to address the need of dislocated workers in the area. This initiative serves as a connection to economic development in the area and helped us become engaged with the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in which I have been very involved. Bringing research to this area has numerous advantages. In addition to participating in NCRC activities, I am also an active member of the MURDOCK Study Community Advisory Board. Read More