Jeannine Carpenter

Director of Research and Policy, Women's Fund of Greater Chattanooga

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Professional Background

As the Director of Research and Policy for the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, I leads research, policy recommendations, lobbying, issue education, and advocacy engagement efforts designed to elevate Tennessee beyond its status as one of the worst states in the country for women. (49th simply isn’t good enough.) I've lead statewide efforts to end child marriage, expunge criminal records of trafficking survivors, and improve access to period products. I believe that advocacy is for everyone – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, physical ability, economic status, or educational attainment. I work at a job that I love encouraging all individuals to use their voices and experience to make the difference that they want to see in the world. Before joining the Women’s Fund, I worked in private education, communications, and issue advocacy, as well as adapted athletics.

How has your PhD at Duke shaped your work life?

The skills that I developed at Duke unquestionably made me a better employee, a better leader, and a better collaborator. As a graduate student, I developed time-management skills, the ability to juggle multiple projects, the tenacity to pursue difficult answers, and the humility to feel comfortable asking questions.

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