Jenn Vranek
Founding & Managing Partner

Jenn Vranek founded Education First in 2006 to build an organization of the most trusted and effective education policy consultants in the nation. Jenn has worked with K12 and postsecondary educators, policymakers and philanthropists in more than 30 states. She is an expert in college and career readiness, teacher and leader effectiveness and state education advocacy, policy and politics.

Jenn believes every child deserves an outstanding public education, regardless of her zip code or ethnicity. Growing up in an Air Force family, Jenn attended seven public schools and experienced how much expectations for students vary based on race, neighborhood and income. While studying history and public policy at the College of William & Mary, Jenn concentrated on African-American studies and the continuing struggle for full equality and opportunity. Both experiences inspired her to devote her career to improving public education, especially for youth of color.

Before starting Education First, Jenn made advocacy grants at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, led Washington’s Partnership for Learning, launched the American Diploma Project at Achieve, and researched academic standards at the American Federation of Teachers. Honored as one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 in 2010, she also volunteers as an advisory board member for Washington’s Stand for Children, as vice chair of the Danielson Group and as a practitioner advisor to the Hoover Education Success Initiative. Jenn holds a master’s of public policy from Georgetown University and an AB from the College of William & Mary.

Jenn lives in Seattle, where she enjoys many urban adventures such as masquerading as a food and music critic, remodeling her 1910 Craftsman, admiring the gorgeous scenery from afar and cheering on the Sounders, Mariners, Huskies and Seahawks.

Jenn's expertise

  • College- & Career-Ready Teaching & Learning Strategy
  • Assessments for Learning
  • Educator Support, Development & Evaluation
  • Grantmaking Strategy & Effectiveness
  • Strategy Development & Implementation Support
  • Communication & Advocacy
  • Communities of Practice & Working Groups

Recent clients

  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • High Achievement New York
  • Teach Plus
  • Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Jenn likes

  • Strait of San Juan de Fuca, Whidbey Island, WA
    Strait of San Juan de Fuca, Whidbey Island, WA
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    Nephew Evan and niece Emily