Jen Siaca Curry, Ed.D. (she/her) grew up in Queens, NY and attended New York City public schools. She is a first-generation college graduate, also earning a masters in non-profit management and doctorate in education leadership from NYU. Through studying school/community partnerships in her dissertation, Jen became particularly interested in the intersection of non-profit program management, policy enactment, and human nature. She has held a range of roles in the nonprofit sector, including Senior Director of Samaschool, a workforce development organization helping systems adapt to the future of work, and Chief Operating Officer at ExpandED Schools where she designed and supported after-school programs.
Named one of 2018’s Rising Latino Stars by the NYS Hispanic Coalition, Jen is an adjunct professor at CUNY’s School of Professional Studies and Vice President of the NYS Network for Youth Success board of directors. In 2020, she was selected to participate in the Stanford University Latinx Entrepreneurship program, representing the 1% of Latinx entrepreneurs nationwide who scale a business. In 2021, she was named one of the Next 1,000 up-and-coming entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine, and in 2023 was awarded NYU’s Distinguished Young Alumni Award. Jen has served as a featured author and speaker on equity in youth work for the National Afterschool Association and Afterschool Matters journal.