Jennifer Trubenbach (MA ’04), alumna of the master of arts in educational technology program, is president and executive director of Operation of Hope, a nonprofit foundation that conducts free facial reconstructive surgeries on children in need in Ecuador and Africa. Operation of Hope has performed more than 2,000 corrective surgeries over 20 years. The organization recently won $50,000 in actor Hugh Jackman’s Twitter contest, in which he invited fans to suggest their favorite charities.
Trubenbach has worked at Operation of Hope since 1996. She manages public speaking engagements, fundraising efforts, surgical supply inventories, travel arrangements, volunteer coordination, and legal and regulatory compliance. Previously, she was a field consultant and corporate training executive at ASI in Atlanta, Georgia, and, before that, director of marketing, sales, and special events for MGM Grand Air. Trubenbach has also worked for Bell and Howell, Jet America, and the Carter Hawley Hale Corporation.
Trubenbach was featured in the September 2008 issue of People, in one of the magazine’s largest ever humanitarian stories. The article spotlighted her personal support of Beloved Jefeti, a Zimbabwean boy whose face was disfigured by a land mine. In addition, People named Trubenbach as a one of its 2008 “Heroes of the Year,” and she was recognized at the 2008 “Heroes Among Us” All-Star Tribute hosted and internationally broadcast by CNN. Trubenbach has been honored by the Ecuadorian Embassy and the Ministry of Health of Zimbabwe, was named one of Orange County’s “Hottest Business People” by Metro Magazine, and received the Well Done Award from Kingdom Assignment.
Trubenbach earned her bachelor’s degree from Azusa Pacific University, which also honored her as its 2009 Distinguished Alumnus. Trubenbach resides with her husband, Ted, in Lake Forest, California.