Jill Pentimonti

Director Research Advancement, Federal Relations

Why LEO?

I love being a part of LEO because I get to contribute to work that pairs rigorous research with programs that aim to fight poverty in innovate ways. And not only do we build rigorous evidence about what does and does not work – but we work to disseminate those findings to both support our partners work and impact policy in the poverty solution space. It is this pairing that I believe makes LEO’s work truly unique and especially meaningful.


Jill is LEO’s Federal Relations Specialist. In this role, she supports the dissemination of LEO research to federal policymakers and stakeholders, monitoring and analyzing federal regulatory and policy action, and writing policy briefs, memos, and legislative language for evidence building federal activities. In addition to her federal relations role, Jill is also a researcher with LEO. Her work focuses on ensuring young children in poverty have access to high-quality instruction in foundational school-readiness skills. Specifically, she conducts empirical investigations of interventions designed to support young children’s development of early language and literacy skills. Jill earned her PhD in Education from The Ohio State University, a Masters in Reading Education from the University of Virginia, a Masters in Education from Northwestern, and a BA from the University of Notre Dame.