Jennifer Giffels is a program manager with Jobs for the Future’s Postsecondary State Policy team, which works to improve student success by helping states and their community colleges dramatically increase the number of students who complete college and earn credentials with high value in the labor market. As a program manager, Ms. Giffels provides leadership for the team’s project management and operations as well as helps to develop systems and infrastructure to support the initiatives of the Postsecondary State Policy team.
Previously, Ms. Giffels held an analyst role with the Advisory Services team at Root Cause, a nonprofit consulting organization that partners with nonprofits and foundations to strengthen their organizational capacity to improve the lives of those they serve. Prior to that, she served as an AmeriCorps member at the Boston office of LIFT, a direct service nonprofit that works with low-income community members to help them secure affordable housing, employment, and public benefits. Ms. Giffels' early career and her educational background—notably her undergraduate degree in Global Studies and Spanish from Providence College—have fueled her passion for work that challenges systemic barriers to opportunity, particularly in the field of higher education.