jenn curtis, msw


Jenn is an educational consultant, best selling author, and professional speaker. As owner of FutureWise Consulting for the past 12 years, she has guided hundreds of high school students from throughout the United States through all aspects of the college admission process. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Honors College at UCLA and her master’s degree in social work from USC, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and named Dean's Scholar. Jenn earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Jenn's new book, The Parent Compass: Navigating Your Teen's Wellness and Academic Journey in Today's Competitive World, was released in September 2020. It is a best seller and was featured on Katie Couric's list of the 11 Books Every Parent Should Read for Fall 2021. Book Authority named it the #1 Best New Parenting Audiobook to Read in 2021, #5 of the Best New Parenting Books to Read in 2021, and one of the Top 100 Best Parenting Books of All Time. 

Jenn has been interviewed on a wide variety of television news programs, radio shows, and podcasts. She also co-hosts The Parent Compass x Smart Social Podcast, where she explores education and parenting amidst a competitive academic environment. On it, she chats with bestselling authors, parenting experts, college admission professionals, and education thought leaders. Click here to learn more. 

Jenn speaks professionally to parent organizations and schools about education, college admission, and parenting. She developed a college and career readiness program for first-generation students that has been implemented in a local elementary school for over 8 years. She is the expert college admission guest contributor for a variety of blogs. In addition, she was the editorial assistant for an academic journal, has edited several books, and coached graduate and doctoral students in developing effective writing skills. Such experience allows her to help her students to grasp all aspects of the college-going process and to develop their own unique voice as they present themselves to colleges.

With her background in mental health treatment and research and experience working with students one-on-one and in group settings, Jenn is well-equipped to assist all students with identifying their unique skills and individual goals.

Jenn has an incredible ability to listen and provide thoughtful feedback, making her easily relatable to students. She has a proven track record of adeptly guiding students and their families through uncertain times, with outstanding results. Her passion lies in helping students navigate the often difficult transition from high school to college and in empowering them to find the motivation to reach their potential. Jenn regularly attends professional conferences and tours college campuses, and she commits a great deal of time to researching and staying up-to-date on the latest education and college admission trends.


Jenn resides in San Clemente, California with her husband and two daughters.