As a former teacher, school administrator, lawyer, and parent advocate, Jennifer has committed her career to advancing opportunities for all kids. From a young age, Jennifer’s family instilled in her the belief that education is freedom, and set her on a path to earn a JD from the College of William & Mary, a Master’s in Education from Florida International University, and Bachelor’s in Business Management from Tulane University.
Jennifer began her teaching career as a 5th grade teacher in New Orleans; just days into her second year in the classroom, Hurricane Katrina hit the city. Seeing the devastation the storm wreaked on families led her to become a lawyer; she practiced with the AARP Legal Counsel for the Elderly where she represented low income senior citizens as well as led housing policy change on their behalf in Washington, DC.
In Denver, Jennifer commits her professional career and her personal time to advancing education. Whether through her service as the board chair of the parent organizing group Padres y Jovenes Unidos, her facilitation “Know Your Rights” trainings for students, or in her job at Leadership for Educational Equity where she trains educators on how to engage and make change civically, Jennifer lives out her belief that the best decisions are those made by those most impacted.
Jennifer is a proud homeowner in the Montbello neighborhood and serves as an advisory board member for New Leaders Council-Denver. She enjoys being out and about in the Denver community and running into former students and parents at the grocery store.