Unifying Force

By Richard Mineards   |   August 15, 2023
Jennifer Macdonald, new director of Children’s Services for CommUnify

Jennifer Macdonald is CommUnify’s new director of Children’s Services following the retirement of Lorraine Neenan, who served the organization for more than 20 years.

Effective immediately, she will oversee 23 head-start and early head-start campuses, and the 200-plus staff who work at the locations throughout Santa Barbara County.

Macdonald has worked in the field of early childhood education for 30 years, including the past 12 years with head-start programs, and most recently as associate director for children’s services.

She also worked as a master teacher at Cal State Fullerton Children’s Center and Toddler Teacher II at UC Irvine Infant Toddler Center.

In addition to holding a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Sonoma State University and an associate degree in liberal studies from Allan Hancock College, Macdonald is currently completing coursework toward her master’s degree in education from Massachusetts Global. 


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