Why I work with HCM

“I believe that we can transform education by putting equity at the forefront and by breaking down the silos between K-12, higher education, and workforce. I enjoy being part of the HCM team because I have the privilege of working with innovative clients who share the same passion for remaking education.”

Jana Fornario

Senior Associate

Jana Fornario is a senior associate for HCM’s postsecondary practice, primarily working with Lumina Foundation’s Strategy Labs state leadership team. Jana is dedicated to working with states to codify attainment goals, publish accountability metrics and develop leadership structures. Jana is driven by her belief that education changes lives and that working to make education better for everyone is of the utmost importance.

Before Jana joined HCM she worked as the assistant policy director for the Office of the Governor in Columbus, Ohio where she led K-12 education, higher education and workforce policy development. Other previous positions include working for the National Math and Science Initiative, TNTP and Teach For America. She also has worked in teaching and administration on K-12 and college campuses. The common thread behind all of her positions is working to expand opportunities for students and find creative solutions to some of education’s most intractable problems.

Jana grew up in upstate New York and now lives in Maryland. She enjoys reading fiction and writing, as well as listening to podcasts. Most of her spare time is spent with her husband Kyle and their two young children.



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