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Della Jenkins, MSSP’13

  • Executive Director, Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP) Initiative, Penn SP2

Della Jenkins joined AISP as the Executive Director in 2017. She is passionate about the potential of cross-sector research to improve equity, efficiency, and quality in social service delivery and promote better policy-making. As Executive Director, she works to ensure alignment across AISP’s many initiatives, oversees the operations and strategic planning of a national network of integrated data systems (IDS) and supports network sites as they work to build and leverage their IDS to inform policy and practice. Della’s prior experience includes child advocacy, policy analysis, and applied, mixed-methods research and program evaluation spanning the birth to post-secondary education spectrum. She earned her BA in Political Science from Georgetown University and her MA in Social Policy from the University of Pennsylvania.

The MSSP program was a great launching pad into the professional world, and gave me the flexibility and confidence to explore my options. A summer internship during the program lead to a job with a local non-profit advocating for educational equity and introduced me to the world of city and state politics. From there, I took a job doing mixed-methods education policy research and program evaluation. Then last year, I had the opportunity to come back to SP2 to lead an effort aimed at helping state and local governments share data across program silos to improve policy and practice. None of it would have been possible without the MSSP program.

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