Jennifer Stevens, a native of southern Virginia, began her career in education in 1995, first serving as a public school teacher and then moving on to lead grant-funded education projects for Longwood University, Virginia Tech, and NASA Langley Research Center. In 2007, she held a lead role on the team of educators and community leaders that secured a $13.2 million grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to create Virginia Ed Strategies and went on to become one of the organization’s first staff members.

Now, as the President and CEO, Jennifer serves as Principal Investigator for the Rural Math Innovation Network (RMIN), a US Department of Education Investing in Innovation project, and leads the Ed Strategies team in accomplishing its mission of assisting Virginia’s businesses and schools in preparing our future workforce.

Jennifer is certified by The Ohio State University as a DACUM facilitator and has used her training to conduct numerous job analysis sessions for the purpose of creating new training and degree programs at community colleges and universities for high-demand career fields such as unmanned aerial systems and cybersecurity. Jennifer is also co-author on the National Career Development Association’s School Career Development Advisor training curriculum, and she has presented at numerous state and national conferences on topics such as motivating students to learn and succeed in math, supporting teachers in a virtual networked improvement community, the importance of math in high-demand technician careers, and the need for early and dedicated career planning for students.

Jennifer lives in South Boston with her husband, John, who is a mechanical engineer at ABB.  They are the proud parents of 5 sons – Jared, Noah, Caleb, Isaac, and Levi – who range in age from 23 to 7.

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