Jennifer Davis Carey

Jennifer is the founding- Executive Director of the Worcester Education Collaborative. Jennifer received her Master’s and Doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her Bachelor’s degree from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges. In 1998 she served as Special Assistant to Governor Paul Cellucci of Massachusetts, and a year later she became Director of the Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulations under Governor Jane Swift. Dr. Carey served in Governor Mitt Romney’s and briefly in Governor Deval Patrick’s administrations as Secretary of the Executive Office of Elder Affairs.

From 2007 until 2009, she oversaw the development of education and training solutions at Commonwealth Medicine, a division of University of Massachusetts Medical School. Before joining Massachusetts state government, Dr. Carey worked at Ohio University, Harvard University and at Bancroft School, a independent K-12 school in Worcester. Dr. Carey is also the founding director of the Initiative for Engaged Citizenship, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that provides educational workshops about effective, meaningful participation in the public policy processes of the local, state and federal governments.

Clara O’rourke

Clara is the Deputy Director of the Worcester Education Collaborative. She received her Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Clark University. She has served as the Director of Programs and Evaluation at the Latino Education Institute and Data Analyst in the Office of Research and Accountability of the Worcester Public Schools. Clara is a graduate of the Educational Policy Fellowship Program of the Rennie Center and a member of the Leadership Worcester class of 2019.