Dissertation Topic/Title: Higher Education and the Labor Market
Dissertation Advisor: Carl E. Van Horn
Previous Degrees: M.P.A.P., May 2003 E.J. Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University; B.A. Rutgers University (Psychology)
Jennifer Cleary has been a Senior Project Manager at the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development since 2000. She currently manages research and technical assistance projects that focus on understanding and addressing employer workforce needs in key industries. She has also managed program evaluation projects and has authored numerous research reports on topics ranging from adult literacy to green job and other topics. Ms. Cleary also a student in the doctoral program in Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, where her research focuses on the interactions between higher education and the labor market. She received her masters degree in Public Affairs and Politics with a concentration on labor market issues and social policy. Ms. Cleary formerly served in various roles in non-profit management and human services, including acting as the Executive Director of a shelter for homeless families. Ms. Cleary currently serves on the Somerset Local Operating Board for the United Way of northern New Jersey and regularly presents her work at national and international conferences.