Jenny Pokempner

Senior Policy Director

Jenny Pokempner joined YLC in the spring of 2021 as the Policy Director, working on both child welfare and juvenile justice issues, with particular emphasis on the needs and entitlements of older foster youth. Prior to joining YLC, Jenny worked at the Juvenile Law Center as a senior attorney and has played a large role in state and national reform work related to older youth in foster care, with areas of focus on: older youth permanency, extended foster care, eliminating group care, and improving educational and employment outcomes and opportunities. Jenny values using legal strategies that are informed by and done in partnership with young people with experience in foster care. Jenny is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


J.D., University of Pennsylvania, 2000
B.A., Johns Hopkins University, 1995