Senior Associate, National Policy and Partnerships
Over the last twenty-five years, Jennifer Davis has worked at the federal, state and local level to improve educational opportunities for children. Jennifer oversees the Lab’s national movement building, policy, communications and development operations and is the liaison to Oakland, California for the By All Means Initiative.
Jennifer is the Co-Founder of the National Center on Time & Learning (NCTL)—initially known as Massachusetts 2020--an organization dedicated to expanding learning time to narrow achievement and opportunity gaps for children in high-poverty schools. NCTL’s work is now embedded within the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Jennifer’s previous positions include: U.S. Department of Education Deputy Assistant Secretary and Special Assistant to Secretary of Education Richard W. Riley in the Clinton Administration; National Governors Association Special Assistant to the Executive Director in the early 90’s as President Bush and the governors joined together to establish national goals for education and launched the standards movement; and Executive Director of Boston Mayor Menino’s citywide afterschool learning initiative. Jennifer’s first position out of graduate school was with Communities in Schools (CIS) where she wrote case studies on the CIS model to integrate support services into schools.
Jennifer holds a B.A. from Connecticut College, an M.P.P. from the Claremont Graduate University and served as a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs in St. Louis, MO. Over the years Jennifer has served on many national and local boards. Today Jennifer serves on the boards of KIPP Massachusetts and Orchard Gardens Pilot School in Boston.