Jennifer Blatz serves as president and CEO for StriveTogether, where she leads strategy and operations. StriveTogether is a national movement with a clear purpose: help every child succeed in school and in life from cradle to career, regardless of race, ethnicity, zip code or circumstance. The StriveTogether Cradle to Career Network reaches more than13 million children and students, including nearly 9 million children of color. StriveTogether partners work in 29 states and Washington, D.C.
Prior to taking the helm at StriveTogether, Jennifer helped to launch StrivePartnership, a cross-sector, cradle-to-career partnership serving Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky and one of the most notable collective impact initiatives in the country. As StrivePartnership’s director of operations, Jennifer helped translate the lessons learned from the work on the ground in communities across the country to launch the national Cradle to Career Network.
Drawing upon her passion for improving educational outcomes for underserved populations, Jennifer has made her career in the social sector. Her work includes serving as executive director of the Ohio College Access Network and supporting the growth of the National College Access Network. She also was program officer for College & Career Access at KnowledgeWorks, where she managed a portfolio of initiatives focused on improving postsecondary attainment.
Jennifer earned a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in English from the University of Kentucky and a master’s degree in college student personnel from Miami University. She has been an active community volunteer through her participation in the Junior League of Cincinnati and as a mentor for a Cincinnati Public Schools student. Jennifer has been named a YWCA of Greater Cincinnati Rising Star and one of Cincinnati Business Courier’s “Forty Under 40.” She is a graduate of United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Volunteer Leadership Development Program, is a member of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s WE Lead Class 10 and recently completed the Billions Institute Skid Row School for Large-Scale Change. Jennifer lives in Northern Kentucky with her husband and three young children.