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Jennifer Andaluz is co-founder and executive director of Downtown College Prep (DCP), Silicon Valley’s first charter school dedicated to preparing low-income, first-generation students for college success. Under her leadership, DCP has expanded to four schools serving 2,300 students and alumni. DCP is a leader in college completion for first-generation students with nearly 50% of graduates earning a bachelor’s degree in six years.
Jennifer began her career as a history and English teacher in large urban public schools, and worked closely with administrators and teachers alike in school-wide initiatives designed to improve the academic performance of underachieving students. In 2007 she served on the founding board of Rocketship Education. She is a member of American Leadership Forum.
Jennifer has been recognized for her leadership by numerous agencies including Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal, YWCA, and Women’s Fund of Santa Clara County. In 1997 she was Teacher of the Year in San Jose Unified School District. Jennifer is a first-generation college graduate. She earned her bachelor’s degree in American Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz. She is a Fellow of the 21st class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.