Sarah Jenness grew up in Lynn, Massachusetts and moved to the East Fens in 2014. For her undergraduate education, Sarah attended Bryn Mawr, a women-centered college, as a Posse Scholar. During college, Sarah developed an interest in a variety of social justice issues, particularly those related to inequities in education, and independently majored in Sociology of Education.
After finishing her bachelor’s degree, Sarah completed an AmeriCorps Year of Service working at a charter high school in Chelsea, MA where she tutored students who faced a variety of structural challenges including homelessness. Sarah then began working at Simmons College, where she took evening classes to earn her master’s in Public Policy. While working at Simmons, Sarah learned about the Fenway CDC and began volunteering with the Organizing Committee in 2017. Sarah joined the Committee because she was interested in meeting her neighbors and because she believes that increasing access to truly affordable housing is one of the most important issues in Boston. Sarah currently works as a Program Manager at Jobs for the Future (JFF), a national non-profit that works to transform education and workforce systems to ensure economic advancement for all. In her free time, Sarah enjoys supporting local restaurants, listening to political podcasts, and singing in a community choir.