Jenna works on a variety of MDC initiatives that encourage communities and regions to develop and implement innovative workforce and economic development strategies that support low- and moderate-income families. As program manager, Jenna provides extensive analytical support work on MDC’s workforce development projects, including helping communities in Arkansas and Mississippi to develop strategies that align educational programs to meet employer needs in a way that enhances the economic outcomes for job seekers. She also provides technical assistance to community colleges on the implementation of strategies and support services to help lower-income people get work and improve their financial security as part of the Integrated Services Delivery Collaboration initiative, the Financial Empowerment for Student Success program, and MDC’s affiliation with the Working Families Success Network—including co-authoring a guidebook on how colleges can effectively implement and scale these strategies. Jenna worked on the "Pathways Out of Poverty" grant, a national workforce development program that targets individuals living below or near the poverty level to provide them with skills needed to enter the green job market, focusing on the energy efficiency and renewable energy industries.
Prior to joining MDC, Jenna worked for Regional Technology Strategies (RTS) as a senior research analyst focused on cluster-based occupational analysis, the development of regional economic development profiles, and measurement and assessment of local regional economies. Before that, she worked at the N.C. Department of Commerce as an economist focused on analyzing North Carolina's economy, and at the Labor Market Information Division of the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina in the Policy and Program Evaluation department, where was responsible for the communication and statistical analysis of the North Carolina State Training Accountability and Reporting System.
Educational background: International business, economics (Howard University, N.C. State University)