Jennifer Porto was born and raised in Iowa, and holds degrees in music performance from Iowa State University and the Cleveland Institute of Music. She was a Fulbright recipient at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig, Germany, and joined the soloist ensemble of the Oper Leipzig after completing her formal education, and was an avid performer of contemporary music. She co-founded a performance ensemble whose focus was cross-cultural engagement, and created a series of one-woman performances that were met with enthusiastic audience response. She pivoted to the field of higher education, teaching university-level courses for CIEE (the Council on International Educational Exchange) in Berlin, and is an experienced moderator in fields including sustainability, entrepreneurship, culture, and education. Jennifer is a member of the administration at New York University in Berlin, where she oversees a variety of programs as the Arts Coordinator.
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