Jera is primarily responsible for major gift fundraising for the School of Environment and Natural Resources and for representing the college in select areas out of state.
She joined CFAES in April 2016 as an associate director of development, and was responsible for Ohio State Extension fundraising until September 2018 when she was promoted to her current position. Jera has worked for The Ohio State University since April 2014, first as the International & Graduate Affairs Fellow in the Moritz College of Law. Prior to that, she served as a development officer at several nonprofit organizations in Ohio and Missouri.
Jera earned her BA and MPA degrees from Kent State University. She holds a JD as well from Washington University in St. Louis.