Jocelyn Pickford, SENIOR AFFILIATE
Jocelyn Pickford is an education policy and communications specialist with an expansive career in the private, public, and non-profit sectors. She has executed strategic research, analysis, project management, and communications initiatives for the New Jersey Department of Education, the Philadelphia Leadership Academy, and Margaret Spellings & Company. Previously, she served as the Education Director of Hope Street Group, a public policy non-profit organization, where she developed the strategic plan for the group’s education platform.
From 2007 to 2009, Jocelyn worked as special assistant in the Office of the Secretary and Chief of Staff in the Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs at the U.S. Department of Education, where she led the design, launch, and implementation of the Teaching Ambassador Fellowship to integrate teachers into the national education policy dialogue. In 2006, she was selected for the White House Fellowship, one of the nation’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service, and spent a year studying government, policy, and leadership in the executive branch.
Jocelyn’s passion for her work was seeded during her own public school education and took root during her classroom teaching experience. From 2002-2006, she served as a secondary English teacher in Fairfax County, Virginia where she led action research, presented instructional materials, and participated in national conferences and workshops. Jocelyn always seeks to include practitioner viewpoints and meaningful engagement in conversations about policy at every level.
Jocelyn earned a B.A. in English from Trinity College in Connecticut, working as a professional writer and editor prior to becoming a teacher. She obtained her M.Ed. in secondary education from the George Washington University and now serves on GW’s National Council for Education and Human Development, chairing the policy and programs committee. Jocelyn lives outside Philadelphia with her husband and two young children.