Jennifer Smith is a research process manager with the Youth Policy Lab at the Survey Research Center at U-M. She has been in sponsored research administration at the University of Michigan for 24 years and serves as the key administrator and fiscal officer for the Education and Well-Being Program (EWB), and has worked with Robin Jacob in this capacity since the program began in 2007. Jennifer holds a joint appointment with the Youth Policy Lab and leads the administrative and financial activities on behalf of the program.
Jennifer began her university career at the Michigan Sea Grant College Program in the U-M College of Engineering, where she served as lead administrator/fiscal officer for seven years, acting assistant director in her final year. She subsequently served as key administrator for the Study of Instructional Improvement (SII) at the School of Education. Her work with SII and close collaboration with the SII Study Director, Dr. Brian Rowan, led to her role with EWB where she helped to establish the administrative and financial structure for the program and continues as key administrator. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from Adrian College.