Jen has worked at the interface of research and policy for 16 years, focused on education systems. She has particular expertise in early childhood education and care, gained through her experience as a policy-maker, researcher and regulator. Jen’s career spans Victoria University, The University of Melbourne, Australian Council for Educational Research, Parliament of Victoria, Curriculum Corporation, and the Victorian Department of Education and Training. Jen works concurrently at Victoria University’s Mitchell Institute, where she is Associate Professor of Education Policy.
Jen has Master's Degrees in Public Policy (Massey University, NZ) and Education (University of Melbourne), and a PhD from Victoria University.