Dr. Jennifer Engle, deputy director of Data in the United States Program, leads the foundation’s team responsible for improving the quality and use of data across the education to workforce pipeline. This work aims to empower practitioners and policymakers with the critical information they need to implement evidence-based reforms to equitably improve educational outcomes.
Jennifer is a noted national expert and leader in the field. From the Pell Institute to the Education Trust to the Institute for Higher Education Policy, she has focused on improving college access, affordability, completion, and value for underserved students throughout her career. For her, it is a professional passion that comes from her personal experience as the first in her family to go to college. As a researcher and an advocate, Jennifer has focused her work on using data and evidence to call attention to and close equity gaps in education. At the Education Trust, she managed College Results Online and led data collection, analysis, and use for postsecondary leaders in the Access to Success Initiative. At the Institute for Higher Education Policy, she launched the Postsecondary Data Collaborative to organize collective action in the field to improve the quality of national data systems to reflect the experiences of today’s diverse students. At the foundation, Jennifer is currently leading efforts to create a cross-division strategy to improve the education to workforce data ecosystem in the U.S. and to develop a framework for measuring equity gaps in post-college outcomes through the Postsecondary Value Commission.
Jennifer received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education from American University and lives and works in Washington, D.C.