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Jennifer Akin

Senior Evaluation Manager

Army spouse


Jennifer “Jenny” Akin is a problem-solver who supports data-informed and outcome-oriented program and policy development. Jenny is an Army spouse, daughter, and sister who joined Blue Star Families as a consultant in April 2018 and as a full-time Applied Research Analyst in February 2019. Her primary role is to support metric development and analysis aspects of BSF’s annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (MFLS). Additionally, she contributes to other research projects, leads BSF’s program evaluation initiative, authors policy blogs to educate BSF membership about current policy discussions, and provides topical policy analysis as needed. Naturally, she has a strong affinity for the MFLS, which she discovered and regularly cited in her research during graduate school.

Prior to joining BSF, Jenny simultaneously supported the Triangle Institute for Security Studies (TISS), Duke University’s Program in American Grand Strategy, and the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security. During that time, she was immersed in important dialogue regarding civil-military relations, national security policy, professional military education, and intelligence policy. Jenny has also served as a Military Policy Fellow for the University of North Carolina system, a Strategic Operations and Policy Fellow for the TISS Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence at UNC – Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), and a Proposal Manager for a private defense contractor.

Jenny has a B.A. in Peace, War, and Defense (and History) from UNC-CH and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University. Her research interests include civil-military relations, military and veteran family policy, women in uniform, organizational behavior, organizational change management, and military family resilience.