The board of directors of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center has named Jennifer Carter the center's new director.

Carter comes to the center, located in Front Royal, Virginia, after serving as the associate director for continuing and professional education for Virginia Tech. In this role, she developed partnerships and delivered new outreach programs on behalf of the university in the National Capital Region.

She previously held positions with the Society for Science and the Public, Science Application International Corporation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

As director of the Northern Virginia 4-H Educational Center, Carter will be responsible for overseeing and further developing the center’s portfolio of local and regional camps, youth and adult educational programming, and other conferencing services.

“We are very excited to have Jennifer join the center. She has extensive experience in designing, implementing, and managing educational programs and projects," said Tobin Smith, president of the center’s board of directors. "She possesses the perfect background and skills required to lead the 4-H center.”  

Carter earned a master's degree in national security and public safety from the University of New Haven and a master’s degree in science and technology studies from Virginia Tech. She also earned a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in animal studies from the University of Georgia. She is also a certified project management professional through the Project Management Institute and is currently working on her Ph.D. in science and technology studies at Virginia Tech.