A 20-year veteran of commercial banking, Jennifer Kuyper currently serves as Senior Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager with Pinnacle Bank in Salinas. She started her career underwriting loans in Anchorage, Alaska, where depletable resources of fishing and oil drove the economy. Her path took her to Northern California next, where she financed walnuts, almonds, pistachios, rice, and cattle operations and served on the loan committee for 3Core, a CDFI based in Butte County.
She returned to her hometown in Monterey County on the Central Coast in 2016. Near the “Salad Bowl” of the Salinas Valley, she became passionate about finding ways to support equitable access to diverse and small-scale farmers and fishermen while raising her teenage daughter. In addition to serving on California FarmLink’s board, Jennifer serves as Board Chair of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.