Jennifer Brown Lerner
Deputy Director


  • Career and technical education
  • College preparation
  • College readiness
  • Community involvement
  • Early college
  • Graduation rate
  • High schools
  • Transition to adulthood
  • Workforce development

Jennifer Brown Lerner is a deputy director of the American Youth Policy Forum, a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional development organization. She manages the organization’s work on a wide range of issues that ensure all students graduate ready to succeed in college and careers. Lerner began her career as a classroom teacher of middle school math and was active in the creation of a Summerbridge – now Breakthrough Collaborative – site in Atlanta, a program that puts high-potential, low-income middle school students on a path to college. She previously held various teaching and administrative positions at schools in the Boston area before transitioning to work in educational policy. She has authored numerous publications and articles, including The College Ladder: Linking Secondary and Postsecondary Education for Success for All, a compendium on best practices in secondary-post secondary learning options, or pipeline programs. Lerner received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania and a master’s from Teachers College, Columbia University. She also participated in the Education Policy Fellow Program at the Institute for Educational Leadership in 2005 and 2006.