Jennifer joins the ACE staff as a NC Youth Organizer. In this role, she will primarily be delivering ACE’s in person climate education program and implementing the Action Fellowship program from high school students.
Born and raised in the small town of Pacolet, South Carolina, Jennifer earned her degree in African American Studies from the University of South Carolina. After graduating, she became a Teach for America Eastern North Carolina corps member where she taught high school and middle school English. While teaching she saw first hand the devastating impact of educational inequality on her students and their communities. Seeking an opportunity to continue her justice centered work educating and empowering youth in 2017, she began working as a youth climate justice organizer.
During her organizing work, Jennifer was introduced to the climate and environmental justice movements.Learning of the disproportionate impact on students of color, she dedicated herself to creating opportunities to help bring them into the movement. With her background in both education and climate justice organizing, Jennifer is excited about working with students in North Carolina in the fight against the climate crisis.
She currently lives in Durham, NC with her fiancé. When she’s not trying a new recipe and listening to a good podcast, you can find her browsing thrift stores for wedding decor.