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Jenn Ellis

Director of State Government Relations, All4Ed

Jenn Ellis joined All4Ed in August 2021 as Director of State Government Relations and supports the organization’s state and local policy agenda to ensure all students graduate prepared to complete postsecondary education and achieve success in a rapidly changing world.

Ms. Ellis has spent her career in the unique intersection between research, substantive policy, law, and real-world outreach and impact and has significant experience leading education-based policy, advocacy, and legislative initiatives. She also has a passion for making policy and data accessible, interesting, and actionable for everyone.

Prior to joining All4Ed, Ms. Ellis served as Director of Policy Engagement for XQ Institute in Oakland, CA where she oversaw nationwide policy initiatives to rethink high school and ensure that all students graduate ready to succeed in life. Ms. Ellis also worked to increase educational opportunity at the Connecticut Coalition for Achievement Now (ConnCAN) and Success Academy Charter Schools in New York City, where she served as both Head of Policy and Assistant General Counsel. Earlier in her career, Ms. Ellis worked in the Department of Justice with both the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and the Housing and Civil Enforcement section of the Civil Rights Division. Her foundation in government relations was built through positions as a Legal Intern and Legislative Correspondent with Senator Maria Cantwell and through her time as a White House Intern with the Domestic Policy Council.

Ms. Ellis earned a bachelor of arts in political science, with a minor in German, from Washington State University and earned her law degree at Indiana University – Maurer School of Law.

Articles by Jenn

May 25, 2022

Federal Flash | COVID Response & Recovery, Digital Divide, Federal Communications Commission, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Let’s Connect: Expanded Internet Access, Biden’s Budget, and Student Loan Forgiveness

President Biden announced a new program to help millions of families afford high-speed internet and released his budget for FY2023. Meanwhile, the White House continues to debate student loan debt cancellation
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March 4, 2022

Federal Flash | COVID Response & Recovery, Digital Divide, Educator Policy

Biden Delivers: The State of the Union and A Campaign Promise

President Biden’s first State of the Union address makes many links to issues facing American families, and their children, including early childhood education, student …
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December 22, 2021

Federal Flash | Accountability and Support, Congress, Every Student Succeeds Act, Higher Education, Other Priorities, US Department of Education

Build Back Bah Humbug: Manchin Puts Social Spending Bill on Ice

The Build Back Better Act may have received a fatal blow as a key senator says he cannot support the bill as it stands. …
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November 24, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, COVID Response & Recovery, US Department of Education

Build Back Better Clears Another Hurdle

The House of Representatives finally passed the $1.7 trillion Build Back Better Act – with key investments for families and students. But will the …
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November 9, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Digital Divide, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

New Name, Same Goals. New Framework, Same Challenges.

The President unveiled a new, scaled back framework for the Build Back Better Act that eliminates free community college, but maintains other new investments …
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October 6, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, COVID Response & Recovery, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Congress On Edge: Avoiding a Shutdown but a Fiscal Cliff Approaches

Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown, both the administration and Congress have made addressing student loan rules and forgiveness a top priority, and schools across the country work to keep students and educators safe.
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