Jenny Wittner oversees the organization's advocacy and policy programs. Wittner led the effort to create Women Employed's career development tool for lower-income women, Career Coach. She has worked to increase welfare recipients’ access to education and training and to improve the GED system in Illinois. Wittner supervised the development and publication of Women Employed’s work on lower-income women’s career decisions, What Do You Want to Be? Lower-Income Women Face the Job Market and the Self-Sufficiency Standard for Illinois. She is a co-author of Skills Training Works: Examining the Evidence, published by the Workforce Alliance.
Prior to joining the Women Employed staff in 1999, Wittner directed Chicago Commons’ Employment Training Center (ETC), a nationally recognized welfare-to-work program, for five years. Wittner has taught English as a Second Language, trained teachers and volunteers, and authored reports and articles on the intersection of adult education and welfare reform.
Wittner holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Arts degree in Linguistics and the Teaching of English as a Second Language from Northeastern Illinois University.