Vice President of Government Relations
Jenny Smulson serves as Vice President of Government Relations at AJCU. A proud Georgetown University graduate with nearly two decades of experience advocating on higher education issues, Smulson came to AJCU in June 2019 from the American Psychological Association (APA), where she served as senior legislative and federal affairs officer.
Prior to her work at the APA, Smulson served as a professional staff member for both the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Education, Arts and Humanities. She began her career in Washington, D.C. by working for the Congressional Arts Caucus.
Smulson has received multiple honors and awards recognizing her accomplishments as an advocate for higher education including the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Award in 2016. She has also been recognized by the Association of University and College Counseling Center Directors and the Calvin Coolidge Memorial Foundation.
As Vice President of Government Relations for AJCU, Smulson represents the nation’s 27 Jesuit colleges and universities on the Federal level. She also works with our campuses as they address state and local concerns. Issues of particular importance to AJCU members include the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act; maintaining or increasing funding levels for Federal student financial aid programs, including campus-based aid programs; Title IX; protections for Dreamers; Federal resources for research; and tax policies. As a member of the Washington Higher Education Secretariat (WHES), National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) and the Committee for Education Funding (CEF), AJCU is an active collaborator in higher education, as well as a strong supporter of Jesuit advocacy groups including the Ignatian Solidarity Network and the Office of Justice and Ecology within the Jesuit Conference of Canada and the United States.
A native of Kensington, MD, Smulson lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children. She is a former chair of the School Advisory Board for Holy Trinity School in Georgetown and currently serves on Holy Trinity’s Parish Life Committee. In her free time, Smulson enjoys Big East basketball and spending time with family and friends.