Jan Abernathy has presented at conferences sponsored by CASE, NAIS, NYSAIS, NJAIS, and AISAP. In addition to chairing the CASE-NAIS Conference and co-chairing the NYSAIS Institutional Advancement conference in 2022, she is president of New York City Independent Schools Communications Professionals, and the co-founder of Black Advancement Networking Group, which works to gain further representation and greater professional growth of Black professionals in advancement roles in independent schools. She has written for NAIS’ Independent School Magazine on crisis communications, the "Black at" movement, and Head/board chair communications, and for The Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education's Connections Quarterly on Building Transformative Alumni Connections.
She is a trustee of Grace Church School, a JK-12 school in New York City and was on the board of Stevens Cooperative School in Hoboken, NJ, for 13 years, spending six years as chair. Her consulting firm, Jan Abernathy Strategic Communications, provides communications and DEI counsel for educational institutions and non-profits.