Abby R. Weiss
Chief Program Officer
Before joining Jumpstart as the Chief Program Officer, Abby Weiss was the Associate Director of the Education Redesign Lab at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. There she worked with former Massachusetts Secretary of Education Paul Reville to launch an institute focused on reimagining a 21st century education system. From 2011 till 2014, Abby served as the Manager of the Massachusetts Child and Youth Readiness Cabinet, which was co-chaired by the Secretaries of Education and Health and Human Services. Her responsibilities included driving the agenda and work of the Readiness Cabinet, engaging the Governor’s Cabinet Secretaries and agency Commissioners in strategic policy discussions focused on closing the achievement gap, and working closely with school district leadership in five high poverty communities to develop strategies for coordinating and aligning state agency resources in order to improve outcomes for children and their families. Abby also sat on the Massachusetts Board of Early Education and Care as the Secretary of Education’s designee. Prior to her time in state government, Abby was the Executive Director of the Full-service Schools Roundtable where she engaged partners from multiple sectors to advance the Roundtable’s mission of ensuring that every child in Boston — and Massachusetts — has access to integrated services that are delivered through school-community partnerships. Abby was previously a Project Manager at Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP), where she managed the family involvement portfolio. She was also the Co-Director of the National PIRC Coordination Center, providing technical assistance and training on family engagement and evaluation to resource centers across the country. Prior to HFRP, Abby was the Associate Director of the Institute for Responsive Education (IRE) in Boston, where she managed projects that promoted family-school-community partnerships. Abby received her master's degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her BA from Brown University. She lives with her husband and three children in Arlington, Massachusetts.