Jill Pentimonti

Executive Director of Research Advancement

Executive Director of Research Advancement
Washington Office


Jill Pentimonti serves as Executive Director of Research Advancement and is responsible for strengthening the University's impact and reach with federal research agencies by tracking agency trends and funding priorities, as well as coordinating faculty engagements with research communities of interest. In this role, Jill also continues to pursue her own line of research through managing her current research portfolio of grants and pursuing new funding opportunities. She has expertise in quantitative methods and data analysis, with a focus on examinations of applied issues in language and reading development, to include the development of instruments to assess cognitive skills and empirical investigations of evidence-based interventions in educational settings. Jill brings over twenty years of experience in a variety of educational settings to the role, to include over a decade of experience conducting federally-funded research within both university and non-profit research firm settings. She currently serves as a board member of The Science Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization of more than 50 of the nation’s research universities dedicated to sustaining the federal government’s investment in fundamental scientific research. Jill holds a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Notre Dame, a master's degree in education from Northwestern University, and a master's degree in reading education from the University of Virginia. In addition, she completed her PhD in education and human ecology from The Ohio State University.