Clare Bertrand is a senior director at JFF Labs. For over a decade, she has led efforts to integrate technology and innovative best practices to ensure that low-income young people and adults can make well-informed decisions about their education and career pathways. She leads the Best Bets Services Unit which works with communities, networks, and districts to identify and leverage career pathways for young people. She launched JFF’s first web and mobile platform, MyBestBets, and leads a team that works with thousands of youth and staff in community-based organizations and large youth-serving networks. Past roles include leading the design, development, and expansion of the national online platform, Students of the Center Hub, which elevated student-centered teaching and learning research, policy, and practice. Before joining JFF, Clare worked with Teachers21, a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that focuses on reshaping the profession of teaching. She began her career as an out-of-school-time educator at the Mattapan Family Service Center in Boston leading an empowerment program for high-school aged young women.
Clare holds a Master of Science in Education (M.S.Ed.) in Education Entrepreneurship from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Philosophy (M.Phil.) in Gender and Women’s Studies from Trinity College Dublin. She received her Bachelor’s from James Madison University in Virginia. Clare lives outside of Boston with her husband, Vito, a middle school math teacher, and son, Iggy.