Jen Kinser-Traut is the Director of TREC. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of TREC as well as the long-term planning,alongside the 4 working groups and advisory board. Jen's role prioritizes building collaborations, supporting the long-term goal of TREC to increase teacher retention, and leading the TREC Teacher Leaders. She joined TREC during the planning and design phase in early October, 2018.

Prior to joining TREC, Jen was a Visiting Assistant Professor at NYU, teaching masters' level education courses and advising masters' thesis Participatory Action Research Projects. Additionally, she taught 5th - 12th grade math and science for 9 years in Tucson, AZ and 1 year in Guatemala. She earned a BS in Biology from Bowling Green State University (Ohio), as well as a masters and PhD in Teaching and Teacher Education, with an emphasis in Mathematics from the University of Arizona. Jen has two young children and enjoys hiking and biking with her family in the Sonoran Desert .