About Jennifer
Jennifer Riker in Black Lightning

On the set of Black Lightning

Jennifer is a working, professional actor with over 30 years in the industry. She earned her BFA from Florida State University and her MFA from the Yale School of Drama. She currently appears on Seasons 2 & 3 of The CW, DC comics, Black Lightning as Dr. Helga Jace. She has worked in a variety of theaters including Yale Rep, Berkeley Rep, and Georgia Shakespeare Festival. She is also a voiceover actor who narrates books for Audible Audiobooks

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As a young girl, Jennifer discovered a love for the stage. She adored bringing joy to her audience through the roles.  

​Jennifer has always had a love for communicating and connecting with others through storytelling. That devotion to story has been a constant in her life, and has manifested in acting, teaching, and giving back to the community. 

Giving Back

Jennifer has a passion for working with the elderly, previously serving as an Elderly Activities Coordinator in Georgia and working with the homeless in New York. She advocates for their safety and fair treatment, and she enjoys assisting with enrichment programs. Jennifer describes working in the dementia wing of the Senior Home as "one of the most meaningful and rewarding experiences of my life."


Giving back to the homeless in New York


Working as Elderly Activities Coordinator in Georgia

Elder friends from Dunwoody, Georgia


Elder friends from Dunwoody, Georgia

Elder friends from Dunwoody, Georgia

Jennifer believes that a life well lived is one that includes volunteering one's skills, talents, and energy to causes that are dear to the heart. Never content to look out for only herself, she has dedicated her time and efforts to volunteering with BookPals and Young Storytellers Foundation

Young Storytellers