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Jenny Betz

Jenny Betz is a School Climate Specialist in WestEd’s Health & Justice Program, focusing on engaging schools and districts in the School Climate & Wellness Partnership (SCWP).

Betz also works with the Now Is The Time Technical Assistance Center, providing technical assistance to state and local grantees. Through ongoing coaching, training, and technical assistance, Betz supports client efforts to assess and improve school climate and wellness, with an emphasis on youth voice and sustainability.

With more than 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector — local, regional, national, and international — Betz brings a passion for social justice and building the capacity of education stakeholders to ensure safe, affirming, and inclusive learning environments for all.

Prior to joining WestEd, Betz was the Director of Education & Youth Programs at GLSEN, leading national campaigns, programs, and resource development addressing LGBTQ issues in K-12 schools.

Betz received a BA in English at St. Mary’s College and an MA in gender/cultural studies at Simmons College. She is a member of the International Bullying Prevention Association Board of Directors.