Jennifer Thornton examines the ways in which states use data for decision-making. She oversees research identifying states’ efforts to use administrative data to inform budget, policy, and operational management.
Before joining Pew in 2014, Thornton was the chief administrative officer of WorkForce Central in Tacoma, Washington, where she oversaw regional workforce development planning, program implementation, policy, and performance. She previously served as a senior research analyst for the Washington State House of Representatives, where her portfolio included technology, economic development, housing, higher education, and workforce issues. She was also a deputy assistant commissioner of the Washington State Employment Security Department and program administrator for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.
Thornton holds a bachelor’s degree in public policy analysis from Cornell University and a master’s in urban planning and policy from the University of Illinois, Chicago.