Jennifer Winward Joins the YMCA of San Diego County Board of Directors

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CEO of Winward Academy joins board for the largest YMCA association in the country to advance the organization’s commitment to educational equity initiatives.

Jennifer Winward

Jennifer Winward addressing families at a YMCA College Readiness program kick-off event in San Ysidro

“She brings a depth of experience and insight that we believe will add significant value to the expansion of the Y’s college readiness program, impacting teens throughout San Diego.” - Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President & CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County

The YMCA of San Diego County, the nation’s largest Y association, announced Dr. Jennifer Winward has joined the organization’s corporate board of directors. She will be a member of the Community Support Services committee.

“We are thrilled to add Jennifer to the Y board,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President & CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County. “She brings a depth of experience and insight that we believe will add significant value to the expansion of the Y’s college readiness program, impacting teens throughout San Diego.”

Winward is the Founder and CEO of Winward Academy, an award-winning, San Diego-based ed-tech company. She is also a renowned instructor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD) and a 20-year veteran of high school tutoring. Winward earned her Ph.D. with a dual emphasis in Neuroscience and Developmental Neuropsychology from UC San Diego. She is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and graduated summa cum laude with highest distinction honors.

“I am honored to join the Y corporate board in San Diego and to support the Y’s mission to be more than ‘gym and swim,” said Dr. Winward. “The Y is uniquely positioned to make a meaningful, measurable impact in our community, and I couldn’t be more excited to work with the team to scale this impact.”

Winward has been widely recognized for her academic success, published research, and service efforts with awards from the President of the United States, the California State Assembly, Rotary International, the Marin County School Administrator Association, the American Psychological Association, and the National Science Foundation.

She was recently honored as San Diego’s most influential education leader, as Top 40 Under 40 in San Diego, as Top 35 Under 35 nationally, and as a Top 5 Female Entrepreneur in IT. She is a sought-after thought leader and has been interviewed by national outlets like Forbes and Entrepreneur.

About the YMCA of San Diego County

The YMCA of San Diego County is the largest Y Association in the nation serving nearly 500,000 San Diego County residents and employing more than 5,500 people. Through a variety of programs and services focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y unites men, women and children - regardless of age, income or background - to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The YMCA of San Diego County is dedicated to improving the quality of human life and to helping all people realize their fullest potential as children of God through the development of the spirit, mind and body. Visit http://www.ymcasd.org to find your local YMCA or call (858) 292-YMCA (9622).

About Winward Academy

Test success, college success, and life success – they all begin at Winward Academy, a research-based, student-centered learning platform for the ACT, SAT, math class, and college applications. Winward Academy applies a scientific approach to customize learning for each student, enabling growth for students of all levels and learning styles. Winward Academy is a team of passionate adolescent learning researchers committed to thoughtfully developing curriculum that improves learning, retention, and test performance – building confidence for life. Winward Academy curriculum is used by students at home, by teachers in the classroom, and by charities in after-school and summer programs. For more information on Winward Academy, see winwardacademy.com or follow the company on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

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