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Jennifer Werdell

  • Hosted by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
  • Sponsored by Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school New York University School of Law
  • Issue area Public Benefits/Welfare Reform
  • Fellowship class year 2002
  • Program Design-Your-Own Fellowship

The Project

Jennifer (she/her)  kickstarted her legal career by serving as an Equal Justice Works Fellow and legal services attorney at the New York Legal Assistance Group, addressing public benefits and economic justice issues. She is passionate about helping social justice leaders resource themselves and their organizations.

Next Steps

Jen then transitioned to nonprofit management and leadership development work, managing national initiatives for NPower, corporate volunteer programs for Microsoft, and fellowship programs at the Harvard Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership.

While managing public interest and pro bono programs at Seattle University School of Law, she started to coordinate a statewide “Leadership Academy” for attorneys and community partners. Jen then helped to create the nonprofit JustLead Washington as a home for the Academy and the Washington Race Equity & Justice Initiative and served as JustLead’s founding Executive Director.

Since departing JustLead, Jen continues to support legal and social justice organizations as an independent consultant providing leadership, equity, and anti-racism training, consulting, coaching, and facilitation.

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