Jenn joins Transcend as a founding team member, first responsible for building the Research and Development arm and now leads a portfolio of projects focused on early stage school design. She has worked on projects such as Valor Collegiate, VanNess Elementary School, Citizens of the World Charter School, and Edgecombe County Public Schools.
In her role, she is responsible for helping school designers to imagine big possibilities and to apply pertinent science and best in-field practices to realize their vision. She is not only applying her expertise to support innovators across the country but as the co-founder of RevX: Revolutionary Experiences, she is working to build an out-of-the box learning model too.
Over the last decade, Jenn has held several leadership positions. Most recently, she served as the director of implementation at Character Lab, where she partnered with educators and researchers to develop, test, and iterate on strategies that support character development. Jenn has also worked for New York City Public Schools Alternative School District 79. There, she spearheaded student support services, increased access to college and career services for over 4000 disconnected youth, and also designed and co-led a small school to reduce college remediation rates for high school students. Jenn has also worked for Turnaround for Children, Newark Public Schools, and co-founded a nonprofit in Haiti called Konbit Pou Edikasyon. She has taught at Columbia School of Social Work and Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jenn holds a Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, a Masters of Science in Social Administration from Columbia and a B.A. from Boston College. She loves Bikram Yoga, dancing, the power of real estate to bring communities out of poverty, and is excited about starting a Haitian Creole children’s book series to support bilingual literacy development in the Haitian community.