Lou Anne King Jensen is the Founder and President of the Chrest Foundation. The Chrest Foundation is a private foundation that supports civil society organizations in Turkey that concentrate on increasing gender equality and fostering communication and dialogue through arts and culture. The Foundation is in its tenth year of working in Turkey.

Ms. Jensen has worked or volunteered in a variety of capacities in the social services sector for over 30 years, although work on women’s issues has always been a priority for her. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker Recognized for Independent Non-Clinical Practice.

In addition to her duties as President of the Chrest Foundation, Ms. Jensen currently serves on the Advisory Board of the National Center for Policy Analysis as well as on the Board of Directors of the College First Foundation. She also supports diabetes research and health care policy solutions through her work with the Jensen and Ron Jensen Charitable Lead Annuity Trusts and serves on the Prize Task Force Committee of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.

In addition to her community activities, Ms. Jensen is a partner with her husband on several business ventures and oversees a number of the family’s investments.

Ms. Jensen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and a Master of Science degree in Social Work, both from the University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, Texas USA. She also completed postgraduate studies in Peace Research at the University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway in the summer of 2009.