Jennifer Nguyen is the director of postsecondary success at the Stupski Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s grant-making strategies to ensure more students have more say in and complete their postsecondary journeys in the Bay Area and Hawaiʻi.
In collaboration with her team, Malila Becton-Consuegra and Cheri Souza, Jen is focused on integrating students in decision-making and collaborating with the funder community in the Bay Area and Hawaiʻi. After joining the Stupski Foundation in 2019, Jen and her team launched a nearly $8 million initiative to support more tailored, holistic, and proactive advising to increase student persistence and graduation rates and address equity gaps at California State University, East Bay and San Francisco State University. She also led a nearly $5 million grant program to invest in community-based organizations that partner with the Oakland Unified School District and the San Francisco Unified School District to bolster academic and financial aid advising.
Jen brings over 10 years of experience working with students at every level of the education system. Previously, she served as the director of the Student Center for Academic Achievement—a comprehensive academic support and tutoring center—at California State University, East Bay.
Jen began her career in education as a college counselor at Jefferson High School in Daly City, California.
Jen is a first-generation college graduate from Houston, Texas and holds a Master of Arts and Bachelor of Arts in English literature from Georgetown University. She is an Oakland, California, resident and enjoys exploring the Bay Area with her wife. In her spare time, she serves on the board of the Center of Asian American Media and publishes creative nonfiction and short stories.