Dr. Jennifer de Forest, Ed.D., partnerships lead at YouthTruth, has a lifelong passion for the art and science of school improvement.
Prior to joining YouthTruth, Jen spent nearly a decade in the classroom. She has led schools in California and New York City, and from the perch of a state association, she worked with countless educators on school-based research projects and forged a consortium of more than 50 schools that worked together to assess students’ SEL.
Jen earned a masters as a fellow at Teachers College, Columbia and a doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education. At Harvard, she served as co-chair of the editorial board of the Harvard Educational Review. As a professor at the University of Virginia, Jen published widely about the role of philanthropy in education reform and taught courses on research design.
Jen relishes her work at YouthTruth, where she has the opportunity to help school leaders access the insights of their communities — and turn those insights into actionable data.