February 24, 2020
For our next AllHere team spotlight, we spoke with Dr. Aaron Jennings, VP of Education Impact. Every few weeks, we nominate a Rockstar Right Now; someone who goes above and beyond for our team and customers. Find out what it means to be a Rockstar Right Now by reading his’ interview below.
What motivates you to wake up and go to work?
There are 8 million identified students in the K-12 system who are chronically absent – I see myself advocating for them through my work at AllHere! I am fortunate to be a part of a team that has this laser-like focus of helping these students– not for a margin, but missional. That is my driver and the reason I come to work every day!
What do you do at AllHere?
At AllHere, I feel like I’m a Swiss Army knife, which I love, because I’m working cross-functionally within the company. More specifically, I am over the Education + Impact arm of AllHere. I lead our attendance and chronic absenteeism strategies, work closely with our school district partners on customer success, establish working relationships with academics and practitioners across the education field on a wide range of issues impacting attendance and chronic absenteeism, among other things.
What has been your favorite project so far?
Great question, my favorite projects so far have been ones where I’ve been given the opportunity to work with colleagues across the company. Working with our Customer Success lead on a root cause analysis report for a school district, workshopping a presentation with product development or traveling with our sales executives to attend education conferences. I’ve been given wonderful opportunities to both learn and lead!
What’s something most people don’t know about you?
There are two things that people who don’t “know me” would be surprised to learn that 1) part of my childhood I grew up in Southeast Washington DC, making me a product of DC Public Schools and 2) my nephew and I grew up as brothers, we are 1 year, 1 month and 1 day apart in birth!
If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?
I would pick Darren Walker who is the president of the Ford Foundation. He started from very humble beginnings to lead the Ford Foundation’s $13 billion endowment and $600 million in annual grant making. Mr. Walker has literally changed the trajectory of philanthropy, in a good way, to address real issues impacting the lives of people all over the world.