Board of Trustees Profile: Jen McManus

Board of Trustees Profile: Jen McManus

Where did you grow up? Where did you go to school?

I grew up in Howard County. My parents moved to Ellicott City when I was two years old and still live in the same house. My mom worked for the Rouse Company as a property controller for 10 years starting in the late 90’s.

I went to Centennial High School, and college nearby at the University of Maryland College Park. I received my law degree from the University of Maryland Law School.

What do you do in your “day job?”

I am an attorney with a focus on estate planning, estate and trust administration and special needs planning. My sister and I started our own law firm two years ago. We opened our doors on Feb. 1, 2021.

How did you become involved with CFHoCo?

Six years ago when I was making the decision about what organization to join, I was really impressed with the impact the foundation had on the community. I had looked into a few organizations at the time but loved the fact that I could join up with one organization that had an impact on so many other non-profits. The foundation was first brought to my attention with the first Ellicott City flood. I was really impressed with how quickly the foundation was able to get relief out to those impacted. I was thankful to be a part of the Foundation when the second flood happened and got to be on the ground (so to speak) in Ellicott city meeting those who were directly impacted.

When did you start giving to issues that are important to you?

Probably in my early 30’s. Initially I was just giving small amounts here and there to causes that interested me. I can’t say that I had a specific cause, but it was on my radar at that point to share what I could. Even if it was just $20 to the ASPCA or my church. I believe in philanthropy and want to make a greater impact in the future.

What advice do you have for those interested in giving back?

Make the time to fit this in if it’s important to you. One small action can have a great impact on so many. It could be as simple as making the right connection so that someone who has a need can receive the right help. For me, because I’m a single mother, I donate my time because money is not always available.  There is great value and reward in giving back to the community and helping those less fortunate.