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Jennifer Jones

Jennifer Jones currently serves as the director of the Change in Mind (CiM) Institute at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities. The Change in Mind Institute, with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is being created to serve as a hub for disseminating knowledge on the latest advances in neurosciences, providing training and technical assistance on the CiM approach, and expanding opportunities for in-depth cross-sector learning laboratories on the transformation of organizations and systems as they adapt to the new application of the science. Through continuous innovation and alignment of practice and policy with knowledge, research and evidence on how the brain develops, the CiM Institute aims to enhance the skills and capacities we all need to be healthy, happy and contributing citizens. For the past three years, Jennifer led the Change in Mind Initiative, a partnership between the Alliance, the Palix Foundation in Alberta, Canada and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to infuse, align, and accelerate brain science research into nonprofit agency practice, policy and systems. The CiM Initiative has demonstrated capacity infusing brain science and research-based innovative applications into programs and organizations, and identified the longer-term opportunities and challenges of doing so at the systems and policy levels. Prior to her positions with the Alliance, Jennifer served as the associate director of the Wisconsin Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), and led the agency’s efforts on adverse childhood experiences. Jennifer was also responsible for CTF’s strategic planning, public policy, and communications efforts. For her last two years at the agency, Jennifer served as interim executive director at the Board’s request and coordinated all activities related to the Governor-appointed Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board. Preceding her positions with the Children’s Trust Fund, Jennifer served as the communications specialist in the Secretary’s Office at the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families and as a child welfare policy advisor in the Wisconsin Division of Children and Family Services. Jennifer also served as director of marketing with the Alliance for Children and Families, the grants manager with the Massachusetts Bar Foundation, and the executive director of the National Student Campaign Against Hunger and Homelessness. Jennifer is currently on the Board of Directors of the Hunger Task Force. She received her bachelor’s degree in social work from Marquette University and her master’s degree in social work from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


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