Where it started

hyve is the heart and brain child of Jessica Kohnen, Jennifer Meder, and Adeola Whitney. Jessica and Jennifer remain managing partners and are inspired every day by the ideals the three founders set for hyve when it was created: to be brave, compassionate, determined, refreshing, thoughtful, and vibrant consulting partners to organizations and people doing work that matters.

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Managing partners


Jessica Kohnen

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Before founding hyve, Jessica worked in the non-profit sector for two decades, with a consistent focus on improving the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

Jessica led two non-profit organizations, Evergreen Health Care and Playworks Baltimore, in the role of Executive Director, and held other roles in various nonprofits, including the Family League of Baltimore, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Jessica has a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Vassar College, and a Master of Public Administration in Nonprofit Management from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. Jessica lives with her family in Baltimore. She actively participates in volunteer fundraising each year via a 140-mile weekend bike ride from Ocean City to Baltimore for Moveable Feast.


Jennifer Meder

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Prior to founding hyve, Jennifer held senior roles at two large consulting firms and worked as the Vice President of Learning & Organizational Development at a Fortune 500 company.

Over her 20 years in the field, Jennifer has worked with both non-profit and for-profit organizations to improve their performance through their people. Jennifer has led large-scale projects in employee engagement, talent management, executive development, and organizational effectiveness.

Jennifer graduated cum laude from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York and received a Master of Science from Northwestern University. Jennifer lives in Arlington with her family and is actively involved volunteering as a Girl Scouts troop leader helping to empower girls to become strong, independent leaders.