Jen DeBell, Executive Director
Jen has more than 20 years of experience in public policy and government relations advocating for children and families through roles in Pennsylvania state government and non-profit organizations. Prior to joining PennAEYC in October 2017, Jen was the Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services, serving as the primary advisor on policy issues and strategic planning in the department, consistent with the goals of Governor Wolf. Jen worked for Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children (PPC), a non-profit, non-partisan children’s advocacy organization prior to her work in the Wolf Administration. She began as Government Relations Director, was promoted to Vice President of Public Policy and focused her work on children’s health care and early care and education policy and government relations.
Before joining PPC, Jen was the Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of the Pennsylvania Office of Child Development and Early Learning where she served as a key advisor on early care and education legislation, regulations and policies. During Governor Rendell’s Administration, Jen worked in the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare’s (now DHS) Office of Legislative Affairs, where she was promoted from Legislative Specialist to Director. Jen began her career as a Legislative Assistant to then State Senator Allyson Y. Schwartz.
Jen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Susquehanna University. She lives in Hummelstown with her husband, Ben, and two children, Brett and Kennedy.