Jennifer is the co-founder and General Partner at Reach Capital, a venture fund focused on early stage education technology start-ups. Prior to Reach, Jennifer Carolan was a managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund where she leads the NewSchools Seed Fund. Launched in January of 2012, the Seed Fund is designed for early-stage education technology investing in startups with potential for big impact in K-12 education.
Jennifer began her career as a teacher in traditional district schools where she became interested in differentiated learning strategies. After studying differentiation at Stanford School of Education, she published her research in Education Leadership and has since been on a pursuit of finding tools to help teachers personalize instruction more effectively. She has led investments in BetterLesson, Education Elements, Mytonomy, Engrade, NearPod and others.
Jennifer is on the Boards of Equal Opportunity Schools, BetterLesson and her children's charter school, Bullis Charter in Los Altos. Jennifer taught Innovations in Teaching 338 at Stanford's School of Education/d.school.