Name: Jennifer Ebisemiju Madar
Yale Affiliation: ’88
Where you live: Boston, MA
What you do: My background is marketing communications, but in recent years I’ve devoted quite a bit of my time to other activities, including serving as a Yale alumni volunteer. I also spend far too much time training for various races because I’ve finally discovered my inner athlete.
Your family: I live with my husband Todd and maybe a few too many dogs and cats. I’m also fortunate to have my wonderful mother Petra just a few doors down from us on the same street.
Other Yale volunteer work: In addition to serving as a member of the YaleWomen Governing Council, I am also a member of the AYA Board of Governors. I also serve on the steering committee of YaleWomen Boston, and I have for many years been an interviewer for the Boston-area Alumni Schools Committee. Finally, I recently completed three years of service as president of the board of directors of YaleBoston, having previously served as vice president, secretary. I also served for many years as one of YaleBoston’s AYA delegates, both ex officio and elected.
Something we might not know about you: I can very briefly be seen, in the background and in profile, in one scene in A Beautiful Mind. The casting folks were looking for “Ivy League-types” (whatever the heck that means), and one of them (I think she was a Yalie) reached out to New York-area alums asking if we wanted to be extras. I had nothing better to do that day, so I said, why not. Once we got to Princeton, they decided that, as a woman and a person of color, they could use me to visually contrast the “old” Princeton and the “new” Princeton. And so I got to sit in a Princeton dining hall, eating chocolate cake, chatting with Ron Howard about chocolate cake, and pretending to be a professor while the “pen ceremony” scene was being filmed around and behind me. Thus started and ended my illustrious “acting” career. Blink and you’ll miss me!