Jennifer Schubert-Akin is Chairman and CEO of The Steamboat Institute, an organization she co-founded in 2008. Jennifer is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and received her M.B.A. from St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Jennifer was the CFO of a large health and human services firm in Austin and later founded a small business consulting firm in Steamboat Springs, working with a variety of non-profit organizations and small businesses. Beginning in 2014, Jennifer assumed a full-time role as Chairman and CEO of Steamboat Institute.
Jennifer is a graduate of the Leadership Program of the Rockies and served on that organization’s Advisory Board for several years. In 2013, she and her husband, Rick Akin, received the “Leaders in Action” award from the Leadership Program of the Rockies in recognition of their work in founding and establishing The Steamboat Institute as a nationally recognized leader in advancing conservative thought and policy.
Jennifer is a member of the Advisory Boards for the Bruce D. Benson Center for the Study of Western Civilization at CU Boulder and the Ed Snider Center for Enterprise & Markets at the University of Maryland. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Rebekah’s Angels, a non-profit organization helping children with post-traumatic stress disorder, founded by Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory.
In her free time, Jennifer enjoys competing in triathlons and trail running with her Alaskan Husky sled dog rescue, Cruiser. She has completed 3 Leadville Trail 100-mile Races and the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run. She has also completed 27 consecutive Boston Marathons and is a proud member of the Boston Marathon’s exclusive Quarter Century Club. Making each mile count, Jennifer has raised nearly $160,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society along the way. In 2019, Jennifer was presented with the Sportswomen of Colorado’s “Inspiration Award,” and, in 2021, she was recognized as a “Pipehitter” by former Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo during his remarks at the 13th Annual Freedom Conference.