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Jennifer Axelrod is the senior director of learning and impact at The Chicago Community Trust.
In this role, she works across the organization and with community partners to build a culture of learning and data-driven decision making to inform impact. Jennifer joined the Trust from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago where she focused on efforts to improve outcomes for the highest risk youth through effective implementation of evidence-based youth development programs, social emotional learning, violence prevention, and intervention within a frame of well-being and normal childhood and adolescent development. Prior to joining Chapin Hall, Dr. Axelrod was the Deputy Commissioner of Youth Services at the City of Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) where she designed and supervised the implementation of the City’s youth services and related funding strategies.
Jennifer has a Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of Georgia, a Master’s of Education in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a B.A. from Williams College.