Alexandra (AJ) Jensen, MBA

Managing Director, Strategic Initiatives Team Leader
  (202) 296-2741


AJ Jensen is a Managing Director in the Higher Education Practice at McAllister & Quinn and has been with the firm since 2015. She works with clients to identify, pursue, and secure external funding that aligns with institutional priorities, and helps to manage all aspects of the application process from concept design to final submission. As a Managing Director, AJ has helped clients secure millions of dollars in external funding for a range of projects including student scholarships, faculty-led research, and recruitment and retention initiatives. Particular areas of focus include the National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Education (ED), and the Economic Development Administration (EDA).

AJ has extensive grant writing and project management experience. Before joining McAllister & Quinn, AJ served as a Project Manager at Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), an economic development organization in Camden, New Jersey. During her tenure, AJ designed, co-wrote, and managed over $2M in Federal, foundation and State grant-funded projects.

AJ graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Studies from St. Lawrence University in upstate New York. and received her Masters in Business Administration from Georgetown University McDonough School of Business in 2021. She resides in Washington, DC.

Affiliations & Awards
  • American Planning Association (NJ Chapter) – Outstanding Implemented Plan Award
  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission – Land Use Project of the Year
  • International Economic Development Council – Annual Report Award Recipient


  • Cooper’s Ferry Partnership
  • National Executive Service Corps


  • Economic Development
  • Federal & Foundation Funding
  • Nonprofits
  • Public Private Partnerships


  • MBA, Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business
  • B.A., St. Lawrence University