New Leadership Delivering Results for Our Community
“With two children proudly in the Medford public schools, I am an active and highly-involved parent in our school district. I have dedicated myself to understanding how the school committee operates as a body of elected officials, and the key role its members have in making decisions for the schools district-wide. With this knowledge and my business expertise in driving operational performance and excellence, I have frequently advocated before the school committee for the betterment of our schools. I look forward to bringing my dedication and skills to the School Committee to serve our children, families, and community."
Jenny Graham is a long time Medford resident, parent of two Medford Public School students, and an owner of a Medford-based small business. She is an operations improvement professional who drives excellence and manages change. Jenny is the co-chair of the Brooks PTO and has served as chair of the fundraising and library committees.
In addition to her work at her children’s school, Jenny has been a leader in advocating for all of Medford’s schools. She is a frequent attendee and contributor at Medford School Committee meetings. Jenny was selected by the Mayor to serve on the Superintendent Search Committee in 2018 which ultimately recommended finalists to the School Committee. In that role, Jenny authored key materials that were utilized to attract a qualified field of candidates for the Superintendent position. She has also developed and authored other district-wide policies. One of Jenny’s proudest accomplishments is working as a co-founder of the re-imagined Medford Citywide Elementary School Alliance, which raised, with the efforts of many parent volunteers district-wide, nearly $28,000 in total in its first year, which translated to each elementary school in Medford benefitting from $7,000 of additional income for enrichment and other activities. Jenny was the critical driver in opening a collaborative fundraising discussion across our four elementary schools and worked to implement an approach that will help the four elementary schools work together for years to come. Jenny’s vision and collaborative efforts have paved the way for the continued success of the group as it moves forward in the 2019-2020 school year and beyond, Jenny has shown through her many hundreds of hours of volunteer work for the schools that she is a thoughtful problem-solver, collaborative community member, and effective speaker and leader. Jenny has the ability to take on a concern, think it through, discuss with others, advocate for a solution that works for all, and get the job done.
Jenny graduated from Babson with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Finance. She is the co-owner of Medford-based Zelus Consulting Group, a women-owned business celebrating 15 years of helping its government and insurance clients improve their core operations, become more efficient for their customer, and improve the customer experience they provide. This work requires careful attention to the budget, the culture and constraints of the client, and a rich understanding of how to help people change. A recognized Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Professional in Learning and Performance (CPLP), Jenny develops strategic recommendations around improving processing times, installing new technologies to support changing business goals, and designing curriculum to teach staff so they can be efficient AND improve the customer’s experience.
Jenny’s business skill set and personal approach makes her a perfect fit for service on the School Committee. Jenny has tremendous focus, a keen ability to manage many things at the same time, and a friendly but direct approach to getting things done. Her heart and mind are committed to working with other Medford parents and School Committee members to ensure that our schools offer the best educational experience for all children in the district.
Jenny and her husband Scott live in West Medford with their two children, Lila (10) and Lucas (8), who attend the Brooks Elementary school.