Jenny is the associate director of the Workforce Strategies Initiative at the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Her work focuses on improving economic mobility and job quality for low- and moderate-income workers. She leads applied research and capacity building projects that support the development of innovative approaches to improving jobs and economic opportunities. Jenny is the author of numerous publications and is a regular public speaker on workforce issues.
From 2011 to 2015, Jenny managed strategy and development at The Food Trust, a national leader in increasing healthy food access in underserved communities. Jenny engaged cross-sector partners and guided the development of new programs focused on improving public health and spurring inclusive economic growth, including a small business training program. Previously, she built the capacity of nonprofit and government clients as a consultant at Fairmount Ventures.
As a graduate student, Jenny worked with faculty at MIT’s Institute for Work and Employment Research to research labor policy, business operations to improve job quality, and worker voice and organizing in the 21st century economy. She also served as a Dukakis Policy Fellow for Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo, and an intern in Amazon’s Retail Leadership Development Program. Jenny holds an MBA from MIT and an MPA from Harvard, where she was a fellow at the Center for Public Leadership and an editor of the LGBTQ Policy Journal. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts from Brown, where she studied the history of US social movements.
Outside of work, Jenny has served on the board of Prometheus Radio Project, a media policy nonprofit, and helped to launch and lead a philanthropic giving circle.