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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

November 24, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, 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, Coronavirus Response, 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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September 15, 2021

Federal Flash | College and Career Pathways, Congress, Coronavirus Response, Data, Federal Education Budget, Higher Education, US Department of Education

Congress Considers Free Community College, What About Dual Enrollment?

House Committees began marking up their portions of the Build Back Better Act, including proposals to lower the costs of child care and higher education and close the homework gap.
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August 16, 2021

Federal Flash | Congress, Coronavirus Response, Digital Divide, Federal Education Budget, Funding Equity

Senate Moves One Step Closer to Historic Investments in Public Education

The Senate passed a $3.5 trillion budget resolution to expand public education by four years and a $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill that includes funding for broadband access.
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