Jennifer Peck was a founding staff member of the Partnership for Children and Youth in 2001 and became its executive director in 2003. Since that time, she has developed and implemented initiatives to finance and build after-school and summer-learning programs, and increase access to school meals and nutrition education programs in the Bay Area’s lowest-income communities.
Under her leadership, the Partnership has brought more than $70 million in public funding to schools and their community partners, enabling thousands of low-income children to participate in these programs, and has played an influential role in policy-development and advocacy to improve the effectiveness of public funding for youth programs in low-income communities across California.
In December 2010, Jennifer was appointed Senior Policy Advisor and Transition Team Director for Tom Torlakson, the newly-elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction. Jennifer also serves as Co-Chair of the West Contra Costa Public Education Fund, created the California Afterschool Advocacy Alliance, the state Legislative Task Force on Summer Enrichment, and leads a coalition of California organizations advocating for new federal policies to improve the effectiveness of after-school and summer-learning programs.
Prior to joining the Partnership, Jennifer spent eight years as an appointee of President Bill Clinton at the U.S. Department of Education, where she supported implementation of numerous initiatives including student loan reform, School-to-Work, and 21st Century Community Learning Centers.