Jennie Fay

Director of Fellows & Career Programming

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Jennie Fay served for five years in the Obama White House as Special Assistant to the President and Director of the Office of White House Personnel. Working primarily on the process and operations of the White House staffing structure, Jennie also had the opportunity to contribute to White House policies pertaining to work-life balance and other effective workplace policies. She also served as one of the primary staffers on the White House transition process in 2017.

Prior to the White House, Jennie was the Legislative Director for Senator Steven Tolman at the Massachusetts State House. She began her career on Capitol Hill working on Senator Ted Kennedy’s Senate Health, Education and Pensions Committee.

Jennie holds an undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Arizona and a Masters in Public Administration from The George Washington University.

— Get to Know Jennie Fay! —

What do you like to do when you’re away from the Hilltop? Do you have any hobbies?
Spending time with my family, travelling and cooking are my favorite things to do when I’m not working. I am also a big TV nerd!

Name one thing most people don’t know about you.
I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, but am deathly afraid of scorpions and rattlesnakes. There are far too many things in the desert that can kill you!

What’s your favorite part of your job?
Working with the students. Seeing their excitement when a Fellow discusses something that peaks their interest or attend an event where they learn something new is just the best!

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?
Don’t worry if your road has lots of twists and turns and ups and downs. Know that every choice you make will teach you something and there really aren’t any wrong decisions.

A favorite memory from college…
My summer internship in D.C. which solidified that I wanted to move here after graduation and pursue a career in public service.

What are you currently watching on Netflix?
We just finished the Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu. So so good!

What was your childhood nickname?
Same as it is today… Jennie Fay.

Who inspires you?
My four year old, Emmett. He is simply the best and every day I admire his tenacity and strength.

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