2013 NLC Fellow: Jessica L. Nare

Jessica L. Nare
Supervisor, Youth Leadership Programs, Jewish Family Service of San Diego

Jessica L. Nare works at Jewish Family Service of San Diego where she supervises the Youth Leadership Department. While at JFS, Jessica designed and launched several new successful programs that emphasize leadership, empowerment and service learning. Girls Give Back, Ladies of Construction Technology Academy and Dare to Dream: the Teen Social Justice Coalition work to increase civic engagement and self- efficacy skills in San Diego’s next generation of leaders. Jessica continues to be inspired by the commitment, creativity and compassion of youth who give back to the community in a positive way.

Prior to working at JFS, Jessica directed programming at the Midge Costanza Leadership Institute for Public Policy and Politics where she supervised academic research, while managing volunteers and staff.

Jessica holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Ohio Wesleyan University and a master’s degree in Women’s Studies from San Diego State University. She has travelled widely to study women’s issues with scholars and community organizers throughout Europe and Asia. She brings these experiences to her work as an adjunct faculty member in Women’s Studies at SDSU and in the Departments of Sociology and Global Studies at National University. Jessica is passionate about exploring diversity, identity and social justice in the classroom and through youth programs. She is a native Californian, an avid reader, and is deeply fond of science fiction horror films.

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