Jennifer O’Neal Schiess

Jennifer O’Neal Schiess is a senior partner & Policy and Evaluation practice leader at Bellwether. Since 2014, she has worked with a range of clients, including national and state advocacy organizations, nonprofits, policy think tanks, and foundations. She advises clients on state and national education policy, covering multiple topics including finance, governance, and assessment and accountability. Prior to joining Bellwether, Jenn served in a nonpartisan role as a senior adviser to the Texas Legislature on the state’s public education budget and school finance system. In that role, she engaged deeply on the fiscal and policy implications of all education-related legislation moving through the legislative process and led modeling and analysis on the state’s primary school funding formula.

Before her time in Texas, she worked in university and governmental relations for Vanderbilt University, and taught English in the Metro Nashville Public Schools for several years. Jennifer holds a master’s in public policy from Duke University and a master’s in education from Vanderbilt University.