Heather Jenkins
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Heather Jenkins

Chief of Staff and Equity

Heather Jenkins is the Vice President of Equity at uAspire. Prior to joining uAspire, Heather was the managing director of service impact and evaluation at City Year Boston where she oversaw all aspects of the organization's service in the Boston Public Schools. Previously, Heather was the director of high school prep and the director of academics and program evaluation for Buffalo Prep, an education nonprofit serving historically underrepresented young people in grades 5-12.

Heather has a BA in psychology, an MS in education, a Ph.D. in sociology of education, and is also New York State certified in school and district leadership. She has 17 years of experience working for equity and access in education including: teacher and administrator at the K-12 level; diversity and equity consultant for secondary and postsecondary institutions; public and private school college readiness education consultant; mentor to students of color and economically marginalized youth; and an adjunct instructor for several teacher education programs in western New York. Heather has published several articles on educational equity and co-authored a book titled, “Class Warfare: Class and Race in Affluent and Elite Secondary Schools.” Heather is the proud mother of two college-age young women.

Why uAspire?

College affordability is one of the most pressing racial equity and educational equity issues in the U.S. I deeply appreciate uAspire's approach to working with students to provide individual support, while working toward systemic and policy change. Further, once I met the people at uAspire I knew that working with them would be an opportunity to build strong relationships with mission-driven colleagues, relationships that would foster new personal and professional growth and learning.