Jennifer Whatley is Street Law’s Chief Program Officer.

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Jennifer oversees Street Law’s key program areas: Teacher Professional Development Programs, Legal Community Partnership Programs, Legal Life Skills Program, International Programs, and Curricula and Teaching Materials. She heads up our talented program team, working to ensure that Street Law’s programs are as successful and impactful as they can be.

Jennifer has more than two decades of experience as a senior leader in the international development field, where she oversaw the design, development, and implementation of a variety of civic engagement, governance, and democracy-building programs around the globe.

Having spent her early teens in West Berlin, she saw firsthand the effects of an authoritarian government and the opportunities that resulted when the Berlin Wall fell. This drew her to international democracy work supporting people who seek to create freer and more just societies. Along the way she witnessed how important it is for people to understand their rights and how to engage with their legal system and government. She says, “Democracy can’t thrive without this understanding. This is where Street Law fits in—by empowering people in the U.S. and globally with practical legal and civic knowledge and skills.”

Jennifer has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in international economics and east European studies from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, reading, and doing yoga.