Renée Faulkner is an associate director at JFF. In that role, she works to build the capacity of local, regional, and systems-level leaders to foster regional economic growth throughout California.
Specifically, Renée provides coaching, thought partnership, facilitation, and resource development services to individuals and groups to support efforts in networking-building, leadership development, and cross-sector systems change.
Her skills and areas of expertise include:
- Workshop design and facilitation
- Leadership development
- Cross-sector collaboration
- Organizational and systems change
Before joining JFF, Renée was the program director at CollegePoint, a virtual college counseling initiative whose goal is to increase college enrollment rates among low-income, high achieving high school students. Before that, she managed federal education grant programs and policy initiatives at the U.S. Department of Education and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education in Washington, DC. Renée began her career in college access and college admissions.
Renée strongly believes that California has the potential to close gaps in the educational and employment outcomes of its citizens through increased collaboration among major systems leaders. “Through my role at JFF,” she says, “I am able to be part of a team that influences this change across the state.”
Renée loves buying and selling real estate and is a huge fan of Broadway musicals. She lives in Oakland, California, with her son, mother, and beagle.