PEP Hires New Policy and Advocacy Director

lindsey jacobs

Public Education Partners (PEP), Greenville County’s only nonprofit focused solely on improving K-12 public education, is proud to announce that Lindsey Jacobs has been hired to fill the role of Policy and Advocacy Director.

“We’re thrilled that Lindsey is on the PEP team,”said Dr. Ansel Sanders, PEP President and CEO. “As we seek to better fulfill our mission of leading the community in acting collectively to support, strengthen and advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools, Lindsey’s role as Policy and Advocacy Director is critical.  Her exceptional understanding of community engagement and education policy will enhance PEP’s work to better position Greenville as knowledgeable advocates for stronger public education.”

Jacobs is an attorney and organizer, bringing with her a wealth of experience in law, public policy and community mobilization. She earned a B.A. in Spanish from West Virginia University and her Juris Doctorate in 2013. Prior to joining the PEP team, she practiced law in North and South Carolina and represented survivors of violence in family, victims’ rights and immigration proceedings. Most recently she served as the Upstate Field Director for Conservation Voters of South Carolina, where she educated voters on solar energy policy and empowered them to participate in the political process.

“I am thrilled to join the PEP team as the Policy and Advocacy Director and am grateful for the opportunity to support Greenville County’s students, schools and teachers,” said Jacobs. “The opportunities for building a public education constituency are plenty and I so look forward to reaching new education advocates and providing them with the tools they need to effect meaningful change at the local and state level.”

As the Policy and Advocacy Director, Jacobs will oversee the development of PEP’s legislative priorities and ensure that the community has the necessary tools to navigate the public education system. She aims to build communal knowledge of public education issues and opportunities by educating parents, organizations and groups, elected officials and other stakeholders with relevant information, data and research on a regular basis. She will serve as a resource for community advocates and empower them to turn information into action. Jacobs will also develop and implement PEP’s Education Policy Fellowship program, wherein educators will learn the ins and outs of the state and local education landscape and the impact that policymaking has on their classrooms.

“Public Education Partners is thrilled to welcome Lindsey Jacobs as our new Policy and Advocacy Director,” said Lee Yarborough, PEP Board Chair. “Lindsey’s experience and knowledge of public policy coupled with her passion for public education will help guide PEP as we place greater emphasis on advocacy.”