Jenny W. Jordan, M.Ed.. is a senior public service associate with the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development at the University of Georgia. A native Georgian, she received her Bachelor of Science in Home Economics Education, her Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on Health Promotion and Wellness from Georgia College and State University, and is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Adult Education. Her dissertation is exploring the boundary-spanning behaviors of adult volunteers in youth programs.
Jordan works with communities in the development, design, and implementation of leadership development programs. She works with adult, youth, and nonprofit groups with specific emphasis on boundary spanning, generational differences, adult-youth partnerships, volunteer development, building collaboration, and leading change.
Before her move to the Fanning Institute in 2014, Jordan served for 20 years on the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences 4-H faculty as the Volunteer and Teen Program Specialist providing support for volunteer and teen initiatives in the 4-H program. During her time on the 4-H faculty, she created and implemented the 4-H screening policies that were a model for the University’s minor on campus initiative. She created a volunteer management series for Extension faculty and staff, developed and presented hundreds of training for volunteers and staff, and served as the advisor for the Georgia 4-H Volunteer Leaders Association.
Jordan has presented at numerous national and international conferences, including the National Conference for Extension Volunteers, International Association for Research on Service Learning, National Youth at Risk Conference, American Association of Adult and Continuing Education Conference, Adult Education Research Conference, Engagement Scholarship Consortium, and Gulf South Summit. She is a regular guest faculty member for Agriculture Leadership, Education, and Communication classes on the topic of volunteer and risk management issues.