Director of the Funders Census Initiative

Jocelyn Bissonnette (she/her) is the Director of FCCP’s Funders Census Initiative (FCI), where she mobilizes funders to participate and invest in the 2020 Census with a focus on historically undercounted communities, including communities of color, low-income and mixed-status households, and young children.

Jocelyn previously served as Director of Policy & Advocacy for the National Association of Federally Impacted Schools (NAFIS), where she represented public school district leaders before Congress and the administration. At NAFIS, she led the organization’s policy, advocacy, and regulatory work on the $1.4 billion Impact Aid program. She also engaged a diverse set of members and coalition partners in support of federal funding for school infrastructure and against private school voucher legislation. In addition, she served as president of the Committee for Education Funding, a 110 member coalition that advocates for increased federal investments across the education continuum.

Jocelyn holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of New Hampshire and a Masters in Policy Management from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy, where her capstone focused on the undercount risk of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the 2020 Census. She completed a policy fellowship with the Institute for Educational Leadership and an executive certificate in nonprofit management from Georgetown University. Jocelyn is based in Washington, DC, but remains a proud Rhode Islander.

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