Jennifer Wagner

Jennifer Wagner

Vice President of Communications

Jennifer is a former Indianapolis Star reporter who has previously served as communications director for the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute and deputy director of public affairs for National Nuclear Security Administration, which oversees the nation’s nuclear weapons stockpile and the largest nonproliferation program in the world.

Before joining EdChoice, Jennifer spent four years running her own public relations consulting firm in Downtown Indianapolis, serving a number of public, private and nonprofit clients. She also served for several years as spokesperson for the Indiana Democratic Party and has worked on a number of issue-based and political campaigns.

Jennifer is a graduate of Park Tudor School who holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Indiana University in Bloomington and a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis. She is admitted to practice law in Indiana.

Jennifer lives in Downtown Indianapolis with her partner, Michael, two children and two dogs.

Favorite Quote

“We are the music-makers,
And we are the dreamers of dreams,
Wandering by lone sea-breakers,
And sitting by desolate streams.
World-losers and world-forsakers,
Upon whom the pale moon gleams;
Yet we are the movers and shakers,
Of the world forever, it seems.”
— Arthur O’Shaughnessy

Favorite Teacher/Class

Biology and technical theater

High School Mascot

Park Tudor Panthers

Favorite Pastimes

Running, biking, spending time outdoors, watching Disney movies with my kids.

Inspiration for Joining the Educational Choice Movement

My parents were public school teachers who chose to send me to one of the best private schools in the state. It wasn’t easy for them financially, but they made it work because it was important to them that I obtained a high-quality education to set me up for success later in life. School choice is fundamentally an issue of equality; no family should be denied access to a good school because of where they live or what they can afford. Breaking down economic and societal barriers begins with access to education. We don’t have a moment to waste.