Director and Co-PI
Jennifer Palestrant serves as the Director and Co-PI (Principal Investigator) of the SMART Center for Maritime and Transportation Education at Tidewater Community College.SMART is a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Center promoting education and career pathways into the maritime and transportation industries. Jennifer joined TCC in 2016, where she has served as Interim Associate Vice President for Corporate Solutions and Manager of the College’s Coast Guard Maritime Training program.
Jennifer has over 25 years of marketing and management experience with non-profits and professional services firms. She has an MBA in marketing from the College of William and Mary and a B.A. from the College of Wooster in Ohio. Before joining TCC, Jennifer was a Senior Vice President for Membership and Communications with the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce.