Deirdre Conner
Director of Advocacy and Communications

P-12, Higher Ed

  • Accountability
  • Data and statistics
  • Graduation rate
  • Public opinion and advocacy
  • Readiness
  • State policy

Deirdre Conner joined the Jacksonville Public Education Fund in June 2011 after spending seven years as a print journalist. The Jacksonville Public Education Fund is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to informing and mobilizing citizens to advocate for universally high-quality public schools for all children. The fund is based in Duval County, Fla., which is among the 20 largest school districts, and its areas of work include data analysis and research, community engagement, strategic investment and advocacy. Previously, Conner was a staff writer for The Florida Times-Union, where she covered a broad range of issues, including urban and suburban affairs, education, demographics and race relations. Before moving to Jacksonville in 2007, Conner was a reporter for the Naples Daily News, where she wrote about education and child welfare. She won Florida Press Club awards in 2006, 2008 and 2010. Conner is a native of Miami and earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and anthropology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. Conner can also connect you to a knowledgeable staff member at the Jacksonville Pubic Education Fund with other areas of expertise in public education.