Meet Our Team
Project Coordination & Community Engagement
Jennifer Nevarez and Student Team
"Jennifer is visionary, strategic, effective, creative resourceful, and fun to work with ... and she gets things done!" local member of the regional Tech Task Force and TechHire Working Group
Jennifer Nevarez is the founder and Director of the Community Learning Network (CLN) , a local educational nonprofit born and based in Santa Fe, New Mexico and dedicated to "building stronger communities through real-life learning." Coordinating community projects and volunteers programs throughout the region for more than a decade, she has collaborated with community leaders, civic agencies, and more than 50 local organizations over the years. Through the S.E.E. Southwest Experiential Learning program, she facilitates hands-on community-based learning programs in New Mexico for more than 150 visiting college and high-school students each year and launched the New Mexico Youth Ambassadors training program and "Love Where We Live" three years ago to bring connect local young people with our community and provide real-world communications, media, and IT training for students from age 10 to 20. In 2016, she also founded the New Mexico TechWorks initiative to expand Tech access and education and increase Tech enterprise and employment in Northern New Mexico and launched t begin mapping the Tech ecosystem in the region. Through the New Mexico TechWorks initiative, she has been deeply involved in regional economic development, education, and workforce development efforts, including developing and running a cross-sector Tech Task Force and regional working group for the Santa Fe Community Foundation’s Birth to Career collective action initiative, supporting coding and Tech training pilot programs throughout Northern New Mexico, developing a Tech Career Video bank of NM Career Profile interviews made by students for students, working with area educators on skills training alignment to employers’ needs, and representing Northern New Mexico at national TechHire meetings on workforce development in Washington DC and Chicago. NM TechWorks has also launched the "1,000 websites in 1,000 days" initiative to offer free Make-it-take-It Do-It-Youtself website making workshops for community members of all ages to make a website and get online with follow-up "Ready to Grow" hands-on social media workshops.
Jennifer is a licensed professional educator with extensive experience in nonprofit and higher education administration, community relations and P.R., event production, and program coordination, and has worked in the museum industry and also developed software for the global business firm Scientific Applications International Corporation (SAIC). She has traveled extensively, and worked and lived in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Diego, CA, New Orleans, LA, and London, England.