Jennifer joined Openlands in 2020 as the Community Outreach Coordinator. In this capacity, she engages communities on the South West side of Chicago to create open spaces and build advocates for nature. Jennifer collaborates with community leaders to co-create outreach and education programs tailored to fit the needs of each community. Before Joining Openlands, she was the Neighborhood Network Director at Latinos Progresando leading the Marshall Square Resource Network, a 45-organization coalition focusing on health, education, peace, and capacity building. Jennifer worked to strengthen relationships between member agencies, community residents, and address emerging issues. Jennifer studied public policy and law and Hispanic studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Originally from Chicago, she is the proud daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants.