Born in Bucks County, PA to a military family, Jennifer Riker grew up the oldest of four children. She knew acting was her love after the lead role at age six as the Little Red Hen. Her first commercial came at age seven for 7-Up, and her first film at age 15, the lead in an HBO family showcase special entitled "Wildwood Nights".
As a teen she performed regularly with the Young People's Theater Co. of the Delaware Valley and won a Best Actress award at the Bucks County Playhouse competition for excellence in both her comedic and dramatic performances. In addition, she was also a regular on "Rap Around", a teen talk show on KYW TV in Philly.
Upon graduation from high school, her father moved the family to Florida, where Jennifer attended Florida State University, receiving her B.F.A. and graduating top of her class, garnering the Golden Key National Honors Society award.
Degree in hand, she wasted no time packing her bags and moving to New York City. After doing some theater work, she auditioned and got into the prestigious Yale School of Drama's M.F.A. program. While at Yale, Jennifer became passionate about the Dwight/Edgewood Project, modeled after the 52nd Street Project of NYC, which mentored inner city youth through theater and playwriting.
After completing her MFA, she moved back to New York and almost immediately landed roles on "Law and Order", "Third Watch", "Law and Order: S.V.U", "Guiding Light", as well as various commercials & voiceovers. She also became involved with Builders of the New World, an inner city youth program much like the one she loved at Yale.
After getting hard-boiled by New York, Jennifer decided to get sunny-side-upped in California to further pursue a career in television and film.
Jennifer maintains her passion for children by volunteering throughout Los Angeles. She's currently reads for children at the West Hollywood Public Library through the SAG Foundation's BookPals. She also volunteers her time with PencilPals. Jennifer lends her acting skills to perform screenplays written by children as part of the Young Storytellers Foundation. When not volunteering, she also enjoys matchmaking, hosting game nights & dinner parties for close friends, and trying new restaurants around town.