Jennifer Wolfsheimer, Esq.

WestEd/National Center for Systemic Improvement

Jennifer Wolfsheimer, Esq., specializes in building the capacity of State educational agencies to implement general supervision and accountability systems and dispute resolution systems under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) through WestEd’s National Center for Systemic Improvement and contract work. Wolfsheimer joined WestEd after working at the U.S. Department of Education in the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) for over a decade, where she facilitated the team which carries out activities related to State Performance Plans/Annual Performance Reports and Determinations. Previously, Wolfsheimer was OSEP’s Dispute Resolution Lead. She has led monitoring activities focused on states' dispute resolution policies and procedures and general supervision responsibilities under the IDEA. An expert in policy analysis and its impact on people with disabilities, Wolfsheimer has advocated on behalf of people with disabilities across the legal and regulatory spectrum. Wolfsheimer has advised on disability issues related to mental health and healthcare, technology, employment discrimination, and domestic violence while serving as Commissioner, Montgomery County, MD Commission on People with Disabilities; Policy Advisor, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Disability Employment Policy; independent healthcare policy consultant; and Legal Intern/Extern/Clerk at The Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, and Protection and Advocacy organizations in New York and California.