About Jennifer

Many of you know me from my work on the Arlington Community Card, or from my involvement with the Thompson and Hardy PTOs, Girl Scouts, local and statewide political campaigns, Town Meeting, or the Arlington Children’s Theatre.

For those who do not know me my husband and I have two children—Tessa, now in fourth grade at Hardy, and Miles, now in seventh grade at Ottoson.

Cropped FamilyI am a product of the New York City public school system and a child of public school educators. Prior to moving to Arlington I was a professor of philosophy at Michigan State University, where I taught for five years after doing doctoral work at UMass Amherst.

So how can I help? My academic training is valuable in analyzing and communicating complex information. My experience as an educator gives me a sympathetic perspective to the multiple challenges teachers face. My work on Town Meeting and as a Thompson school PTO treasurer has given me an appreciation of the power of a well-formed budget.  And my volunteer town involvement has helped me to form important relationships with people across town.

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