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Jennifer Husbands


Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Jennifer L. Husbands, Ph.D., is a Senior Program Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where she manages the Community of Practice for the Networks for School Improvement. Throughout her career, her focus has been on adult learning, including roles such as Executive Director of Schools That Can Chicago, where she convened a cross-sector network of schools to share best practices; Director of the AUSL Institute, where she built a consulting practice that delivered advisory services to organizations interested in AUSL’s approach to turning around low-performing schools; and Director of School Incubation at Chicago Public Schools, where she provided resources and training to charter schools during their start-up phase. She also led the nation’s first charter school-based, state-approved teacher certification program at High Tech High, a network of high-performing, project-based learning-focused charter schools in San Diego. She earned her Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Education and her BA from the University of Virginia.

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