President and CEO, StriveTogether
Jennifer Blatz serves as president and CEO for StriveTogether, where she oversees the organization’s operations and strategy for accelerating the progress of cradle-to-career partnerships to change systems and improve educational outcomes.
Prior to her work with StriveTogether, Jennifer worked closely with StriveTogether Founder Jeff Edmondson to launch StrivePartnership, a cross-sector, cradle-to- career partnership serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and one of the most notable collective impact initiatives in the country. As StrivePartnership’s director of operations, Jennifer helped translate the lessons learned from the work on the ground in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and other communities across the country to launch the National Cradle to Career Network.
Drawing upon her passion for improving education outcomes for underserved populations, Jennifer has made her career in the social sector. This includes serving as executive director of the Ohio College Access Network and supporting the growth of the National College Access Network. She also was program officer for College; Career Access at KnowledgeWorks, where she managed a portfolio of initiatives focused on improving post-secondary attainment.
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Miami University. She has been an active community volunteer through her participation in the Junior League of Cincinnati and as a mentor for a Cincinnati Public Schools student. Jennifer has been named a YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Rising Star and one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40.” She is a graduate of United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Volunteer Leadership Development Program, is a member of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead Class 10 and recently completed the Billions Institute Skid Row School for Large-scale Change. Jennifer lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and three young children.