Jennie believes that transformational change is rooted in trusting, resourcing, and supporting the leadership and power of Black, Brown and Indigenous communities, including survivors, queer, trans, and gender non-conforming people of color. As a Latinx, Bronx-born, first-generation daughter of immigrants, Jennie has spent decades advocating for survivors of gender-based and sexualized violence in all forms. As a survivor herself, Jennie envisions a future when all communities can lead self-determined lives free of violence, patriarchy, systemic oppression, and economic insecurity.
“As funders, we must move resources to organizations led by and for the communities most impacted by racial and gender-based structural oppression. These are the communities that have been historically under-resourced, neglected, and exploited. Our shared liberation can only be achieved if we reckon with that reality and begin the work of healing those harms,” says Jennie. As a senior program officer, Jennie leverages an intersectional analysis and commitment to building community power to deploy resources to folks fighting for gender and racial justice. In addition, she actively organizes within the funding community – working to bring values-aligned funders to the table with wisdom, practical resources, and political education.
Jennie holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University and an MPA from New York University Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. Her prior positions include director of programs at The New York Women’s Foundation, where she developed girl-led participatory grantmaking programs and oversaw several grantmaking initiatives, including the Fund for the #MeToo Movement and IGNITE!-- charged with increasing investment opportunities to organizations that center young women of color. She is an alumna of Justice Funders’ Harmony Initiative, currently serves on the steering committee for Funders for Justice (FFJ), and was the co-chair for FFJ’s “me too” in philanthropy strategy group.
Jennie can be found trying her hand at gardening, being a tía to her nieces and nephews, and pretending she’s a contestant on Food Network’s Chopped. She lives in Richmond with her partner, mother-in-law, and their mischievous poodle, Toby.