Jennifer Ferrari is the CEO & President of the Education Research and Development Institute (ERDI), which convenes district and industry leaders to collaboratively tackle top problems of practice and optimize product innovation for new solutions that support PK-12 education. Jennifer regularly engages in national dialogue with thought leaders from across the US and is able to validate and verify emerging trends in education. Prior to her current role, she served as the VP & Chief Schools Officer of an innovative education management organization nationally recognized for its trailblazing work in personalized learning. Jennifer led the organization’s strategic planning process, supported leadership development, and oversaw the comprehensive academic model. She has also served as a teacher, principal, and assistant superintendent in the northern suburbs of Chicago. With 25 years of rich public education experience, Jennifer has strong expertise in leadership development, change management, curriculum & instruction, personalized learning, dual language, and strategic planning. Jennifer earned her doctorate in Ed Leadership and Policy Studies from Loyola University in Chicago.