Jennifer Reed

Director of Strategic Education Initiatives

Jennifer Reed, MS, LPC, has 15 years of public education experience and expertise in supporting student social, emotional, and mental health through strategic systems and program development. Her multifaceted career in Dallas area schools includes serving as a teacher, school counselor, at-risk facilitator, therapist, administrative services coordinator, and mental health director.

Prior to joining the Meadows Institute, Jennifer served as Director of Clinical Services in Dallas ISD’s Mental Health Services department where she led the implementation of a comprehensive clinical mental health continuum supporting student wellbeing across 236 campuses and 12 school-based health clinics in Dallas ISD. During her tenure, she oversaw a department expansion, reorganization, and led her team of over 120 clinicians to sustain mental health responsiveness through the COVID-19 pandemic. Jennifer was integral in generating innovation opportunities such as the United Way Health Innovation Technology Challenge Grant to implement measurement-based care screenings, and a Microsoft grant award for a new employee online onboarding portal. Her work advanced collaboration between schools and strategic partners in identifying solutions to improve service delivery and ensure equity in access to high-quality school-linked mental health care to students and families.

Jennifer served in Mesquite ISD as Coordinator of Administrative Services and Special Programs. In this role, she managed district-wide programs supporting at-risk student success including Compensatory Education, Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, and Summer Learning. In her role at the Institute, Jennifer supports the continuing growth of the education team’s portfolio, including assisting with business and product development, external engagements, and implementing innovative new school mental health programming across Texas schools and other partners.

Jennifer is a first-generation college graduate and reflects her family’s South Texas Latina roots in her hard work, dedication, and passion. She has bachelor’s degrees in Human Development and Family Sciences, and Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s degree in Counseling from The University of North Texas. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor working with families and adolescents experiencing a variety of concerns.

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