Jackie Lender is the Startup Manager in the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. Lender served as the first Harvard City of Boston Presidential Fellow from 2016-2017 and worked on projects regarding transportation, technology, and innovation. As a former Microsoft Civic Tech Fellow, Lender champions civic technology and understands that it is a powerful tool for social impact and Smart City proliferation. She was a panelist at the Collision Conference in New Orleans (2017) on the topic of Smart Cities, and technology integration in municipalities.
Lender received the Congressional Gold Award and served as a US Congressional House Page. Additionally, she is a recipient of the US Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (Kazan, Russia), and received the Presidential Scholarship from Semester at Sea to conduct research in 13 different countries. Lender is part of the Young Innovator’s Group at the Boston Museum of Science, serves on the Regional Alumni Board for Phillips Academy Andover and is a Co-Chair of the Leadership and Governance Sub Committee for the Harvard Alumni Association.
Lender graduated Harvard College Magna Cum Laude with a concentration in Government, and a secondary in Slavic Studies (Russian Language and Literature).