Jenn Clark

Senior Communications Manager, US
Location: United States
Focus Area: Littlest Learners / Adult Learners
Regional Focus: Global / United States
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Meet Jenn, the strategic communications lead for the US team at Imaginable Futures. She has more than a decade of experience helping the public better understand complex topics, such as equity in higher education, child care and early learning, and the status of women in the United States.

Prior to joining Imaginable Futures, she was an independent communications consultant, providing communications planning and content development support to many of the leading organizations working to drive change for families. She was previously the Director of Communications at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR), where she worked with the Institute’s Student Parent Success Initiative team to guide messaging on its trailblazing research, shape public conversation and engage partners in addressing the needs of the one in five college students raising children. She also led its state-based strategic communications efforts on women’s employment and access to paid leave and child care, where she regularly provided strategic communications advice and media relations support to local and national partners around the country.


What year did you start at Imaginable Futures?


What lessons did you learn early in your career that you keep with you today?

A perfectly laid plan will almost never unfold the way you expect – and the bumps and hiccups you experience may lead to something even better (And if it doesn’t, then you have learned something that will help for next time!).

What current Imaginable Futures endeavors most excite you?

In the US, I think we are at an inflection point in how we understand the role of caregiving and how our policies shape family well-being. I am excited to be able to help an incredible network of partners make their transformative visions a reality.

If you didn’t work at Imaginable Futures, what would you be doing?

A soap opera writer.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

In elementary school, I told everyone who would listen that I wanted to be an actress. Alas, I developed stage fright in middle school and discovered writing instead.

Where is your happy place?

The Outer Banks. I don’t particularly love swimming in the ocean, but I love looking at it from a comfortable distance.

What’s the closest thing to real magic in this world?

A baby giggling – it catches them by surprise and they can’t fight the joy they feel.

What do you imagine or wish for the future?

I wish that everyone will be able to be with the people they love and that our policies make that easier, not harder.