As Director of Strategic Initiatives, Jeni will work with sector leaders and education stakeholders to strengthen pathways so every North Carolina resident can pursue meaningful family-sustaining work.
Jeni has extensive experience conducting research in school settings and providing technical assistance to school, district, and state-level education staff focused on research, evaluation, and policy in the southeast – most extensively in North Carolina. As the Director of Evaluation Programs at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation for more than ten years, Jeni served as PI of several large, statewide evaluation and research studies of innovations in K-12 schools and districts, including leading the evaluation of initiatives funded under North Carolina’s Race to the Top grant and development of the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan.
Jeni grew up in Greensboro and graduated from Page High School. She went on to UNC-Chapel Hill for undergraduate and master’s degree before moving to Raleigh to pursue her doctorate at NCSU. She has worked in the NCSU Provost’s Office, in Wake County as a 4-H Agent with Cooperative Extension, at the SERVE Center at UNCG and in the College of Education at NCSU – spending her entire professional career as a student or staff in a UNC System school. She lives in Raleigh with her ten-year old daughter and a new puppy!