• Swearer Center Staff

Jennifer Romano

Associate Director, Academic Engagement

Hometown: Providence, Rhode Island

A.B. Public Policy 2006, Brown University
M.P.A. Public Affairs 2007, Brown University

Jennifer Romano serves as an Associate Director of Academic Engagement at Brown’s Swearer Center for Public Service. In this capacity she supports the Swearer Center staff with off campus programming related to Brown’s semester in Washington, D.C. program for undergraduate students with an emphasis on career development, skills training, leadership and public service.

Prior to her role at Brown, Jennifer served as Deputy Director for the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships, one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership development and public service.  During her tenure, she provided staff leadership, educational programming, curriculum design and program implementation.  From 2011-2014, she served as a Protocol Officer at the U.S. Department of State where she was responsible for diplomatic gifts on behalf of the President, Vice President and Secretary of State.

A skilled program manager, Jennifer’s experience spans both state and federal government. In Rhode Island, she led the State’s green economy initiatives at the Economic Development Corporation and engaged the public and private sector to develop one of the first state-coordinated plans to advance the green economy in the country. In addition, she has supported the field efforts for several political campaigns and coordinated government affairs and marketing efforts in the private sector. 

Jennifer holds a Master of Public Affairs degree from Brown University, where she also received her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy and American Institutions and was awarded the Governor Frank Licht Scholarship. She is a native of Providence, Rhode Island where she resides with her husband Jon and their son Leo. 

“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”