Renee Faulkner is a senior program manager for JFF. Renee is responsible for conducting research to capture key elements of program implementation, creating and implementing high-quality interactive peer learning, as well as contributing to the design and development of proposals for new work. She will also provide technical assistance to pathways regions as needed.
Renee brings to the team experience in college access and financial aid programming and higher education policy and grants management at the state and federal levels. Prior to joining JFF, she served as the program director of America Achieves’ College Access and Success Initiative, coordinating partners in providing virtual college advising to low-income, high-achieving students across the country.
Before moving to the West Coast, Renee held several policy and programming roles in Washington, DC, including Program Officer for Race to the Top at the US Department of Education, and lead higher education policy advisor for the Office of the State Superintendent of Education. She began her career in college admissions and as a Trainer at the Posse Foundation. She remains committed to creating higher education opportunities for underrepresented students.
Originally from Minneapolis, MN, Renee received a bachelor's degree in public policy from Pomona College and a master’s degree in higher education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.