Jenna Baron

Executive Director, Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education
Pittsburgh, PA

HIA Program:

United-states United States 2015


Originally from Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Jenna Baron graduated with a bachelor's degree in Anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. During her four years as an undergraduate, Jenna was involved in a student organization that provided after-school tutoring to Somali Bantu refugees in Pittsburgh. Her work with immigrant youth as an undergraduate inspired her to create and direct a summer camp for refugee youth in Pittsburgh that she continues to support today. After graduating in 2013, Jenna lived in Nairobi, Kenya as a Fulbright Research Scholar where she interviewed disability rights activists. As a result, Jenna has curated a photo exhibit to showcase their profiles. From August 2014-July 2015, Jenna served as a fellow with Pittsburgh Urban Leadership Service Experience where she worked for the United Way of Allegheny County on the Be There Campaign, which seeks to combat chronic absenteeism in public schools. In August 2015, she was hired at the United Way to continue her work with the Be There Campaign and to help with recruitment for the organization's Be a Middle School Mentor program. In the summer of 2015, Jenna was part of the inaugural class of HIA John Lewis Fellows in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. Having lived in Northern U.S. her entire life, the experience of living in the South while learning about the history of racial justice activism opened Jenna's eyes to a much more detailed history of the country than she had known before the fellowship. As of June, 2017, Jenna is the executive director of Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education, which supports immigrant and refugee youth in becoming prepared, engaged, and confident members of communities in the U.S. The organization and all of its programs are currently based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.