Jennifer Stefano

Jennifer Stefano

Executive Vice President

Jennifer Stefano is the Executive Vice President at the Commonwealth Foundation. She oversees development, communications, policy, government affairs, and long-term strategic planning.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth Foundation in 2016, Jennifer served in numerous leadership roles at Americans for Prosperity and the Americans for Prosperity Foundation. The Emmy-nominated former TV reporter and anchor spent most of her career in the private sector, putting to work her business degree from Villanova University.

Jennifer has spent the last decade advocating for public policies that maximize human promise and individual freedom. She says, “I want to live a useful life. I feel useful doing work that helps people—especially children—flourish.”

A native of Philadelphia, Jennifer is a regular commentator for the Hill. Her work has been published in numerous media outlets including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Philadelphia Inquirer, and FoxNews.com. She has been profiled by the Washington Post, International Herald Tribune, Forbes and other local and national publications. She is a guest commentator for national news programs on FOX News, FOX Business, CNBC, MSNBC and CNN.

Jennifer was recently named to the Advisor Council for the Executive Women’s Leadership Program at George Washington University’s School of Business. She is a visiting fellow at the Independent Women’s Forum. And in 2015, Jennifer became one of the Claremont Institute’s Lincoln Fellows for her work and impact on national affairs.

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Education

The teacher shortage isn’t the real issue with Philly schools

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • September 26, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Daniel Nansi always dreamed that his daughter would go to school in America — until he landed in Philadelphia. Originally from Benin, a…

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Pa.’s telemedicine waivers create confusion

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 29, 2022

Read more at The Philadelphia Inquirer April Hynes of Bucks County was diagnosed with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer in August 2020. In what feels like a previous life…

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Education

Why parents are choosing Black-led charter schools

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 22, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer For years, Black parents in Philadelphia have been pulling their kids out of traditional public schools and enrolling them in charters. As of…

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The Inflation Reduction Act Won’t Reduce Inflation

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 15, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer If you think inflation is sufficiently painful, gird your loins. The Biden administration is about to foist the “Inflation Reduction Act” upon us.

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Prosperity

What Democrats get wrong about climate change

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 8, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Dear Democrats: On the environment, you need to win over people like me. You’re concerned about climate change. It’s one of your defining…

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Prosperity

Pennsylvania Avoids a Disastrous Green New Deal Policy—For Now

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 1, 2022

Originally published at Newsweek Pennsylvanians are, for the moment, protected from high costs of a “Green New Deal” initiative being pushed by Governor Tom Wolf via executive order. Earlier…

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Prosperity

Fetterman should focus less on comedy, more on inflation and policy

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • August 1, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer There’s one person who’s treating his bid for the U.S. Senate like an entertainment opportunity, and it’s not the guy who used to…

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Opportunity

How to end cancel culture

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • July 25, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Austin Davis, who’s in the running to become Pennsylvania’s first Black lieutenant governor, said reprehensible things a decade ago. They’re degrading and…

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Prosperity

Pennsylvania’s next governor will face a looming budget deficit

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • July 18, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer In 2019-2020, over 75,000 kids in Pennsylvania were denied a chance to leave their failing schools. Now there will be 30,000 fewer,…

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Prosperity

Good luck taxing the rich when they’re gone

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • June 13, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Widespread shortages. Economic tumult. Disappearing businesses. When Ayn Rand released her magnum opus, Atlas Shrugged, in 1957, her critics considered it a work…

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Education

It’s time to get progressive about education

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • June 6, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Requis Sherby’s recent Inquirer op-ed about escaping public school bullying as a nonbinary and bisexual student resonates with me. I was bullied,…

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Healthcare

Nursing shortage can be fixed by speeding up the licensing process

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • May 30, 2022

Originally published in The Philadelphia Inquirer Pennsylvania is currently enduring one ofthe worst nurse shortages in the nation. A shocking one in four nursing positions went unfilled…

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Prosperity

As the UN Falters, Can Capitalism Stop Russia?

  • Jennifer Stefano
  • May 2, 2022

Originally published in Newsweek Where is the United Nations? The international behemoth’s charter mandates that it “maintain international peace and security.” Despite sucking up billions of American taxpayer dollars…

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