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Jen Wickens

Impact Public Schools
CEO & Co-Founder
Tukwila, WA
Jen's experience in public education is vast, including successfully co-leading the launch of nine new public schools for low income families across the country. Prior to co-founding IPS, Jen was the Chief Regional Officer for Summit Public Schools, co-founded the Washington State Charter Schools Association (WA Charters) and served as the Vice President of Teaching & Learning for Envision Schools. She has consulted for charter schools and districts throughout the country, including Seattle Public Schools where she led principal professional development. She was the Founding Principal of Impact Academy, an Envision charter high school in Hayward, CA, which continues to be one of the highest performing schools for low-income students of color in the Bay Area. Prior to this, Jen was a teacher leader in Seattle Public Schools and Highline. Jen graduated from Willamette University, holds a Master's degree in education from Seattle University, completed her administrative training through New Leaders for New Schools and was selected as a Stanford Principal Fellow. Jen loves to spend time on outdoor adventures in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, two daughters, and black lab.