JEnnifer davidson

executive director

portland, or

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> Joined MNW in 2001
> AMI Primary Diploma, MNW, 2005
> Partner in the MLC since 2012
> Chair, International Montessori Congress, 2013
> AMI Board member since 2015
> NCMPS Board member since 2016

What I do at MNW
I offer guidance and administrative support for MNW’s programs and initiatives. I try to create circumstances and environments where our staff can do their best work and offer excellent programs.

What I like about MNW
I love the people who are called to Montessori education. Our staff, board, adult learners, host teachers and school partners work incredibly hard in support of children. I can’t imagine a better place to be!

A book (or book series)
The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante - just beautiful.

Favorite destination

A hobby
Reading, walking my dog, cheering for the Portland Thorns, traveling, and hanging out with my family.

Favorite food
Palak paneer and mango sticky-rice.

Proudest work
Facilitating the 27th International Montessori Congress was pretty great.


Jennifer Davidson is a leader in the administration of Montessori teacher training centers in the United States. She joined the Montessori Northwest staff in 2001 where she helped to develop MNW’s organizational structure and serves as executive director. Jennifer currently participates on the Montessori Leaders Collaborative, the boards of AMI Global and the National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector. She chaired the 2013 International Montessori Congress steering committee and has presented at conferences around the world. In 2010 she was selected for the Oregon Montessori Association Outstanding Dedication Award.  Jennifer holds a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Lewis and Clark College, an AMI Primary diploma from the Montessori Northwest, and a M.Ed. from Loyola University Maryland.