Clare Bertrand

In her role as director, Clare Bertrand leads two projects at JFF. She directs Best Bet Services, which includes the web and mobile platform MyBestBets, a joint venture of JFF and YouthBuild USA. She also leads the Students at the Center Hub team, which is part of the Students at the Center initiative.

Clare has extensive digital communications experience; product development experience; and training and presentation experience, which includes leading day-long trainings as part of the Best Bet Services, as well as presenting at national conferences such as SXSWedu. She is also an organization-wide innovation leader, working with senior leaders to shape and implement technology solution strategies for a broad range of JFF initiatives and services. Most recently, she designed and developed an organization-wide partnership process to ensure consistency and efficiency for staff interested in collaborating with technology vendors.

Past JFF project and publication topics include the use of edtech to improve outcomes for opportunity youth (see: Using Educational Technology to Help Students Get Back on Track) and postsecondary policy analysis and tool development pertaining to time to completion and college productivity. Previously, Clare was a project coordinator at Teachers21, a Massachusetts-focused nonprofit organization focused on reshaping the profession of teaching through professional development and an out-of-school time educator and youth program coordinator at the Mattapan Family Service Center, Boston.

Clare received her master's degree from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, and a bachelor's degree from James Madison University. She is currently a candidate for her master's degree in education entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania.

Service/Product Awards

  1. MyBestBets was the 2015 Communicators Award winner in the education category.
  2. Students at the Center Hub was the 2015 winner of two Hermes Creative Awards.