Jennifer Akin

Co-Director of Applied Research

Army spouse


Jenny Akin is Blue Star Families’ Senior Evaluation Manager, responsible for the design, implementation, and oversight of BSF’s program evaluation, member research, and other targeted research projects. In this role, Jenny translates data into understanding to improve organizational programming and employees’ sense of purpose. She is a thought leader on developing attainable social impact goals for BSF and has developed an interdisciplinary framework to maximize this impact at the BSF Chapter level. Prior to her current role, she served an Applied Research Analyst on the annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey (aMFLS). She was the lead analyst for military children, spouse employment, and civil-military issues, and occasionally authored policy blogs and conducted topical policy analysis. Jenny continues to support the aMFLS, providing context for emerging trends and analyzing geographic cross-sections of the data for BSF Chapter locations.

Jenny has a Bachelor of Arts in Peace, War, and Defense (and History) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from North Carolina State University.