Arielle Jennings has worked for over fifteen years leading and supporting mission-driven education and civic engagement organizations achieve their missions. In her role as the New England Executive Director at Generation Citizen, she leads a team that integrates Action Civics education across school districts in the region and advocates for state-level civic education policy reform through grassroots coalition building.
Arielle’s passion for civic education and educational equity developed at a young age with early experiences in political activism, community development, and service-learning. The daughter of a life-long public educator and social activist, Arielle believes that our schools and communities have a responsibility to prepare young people to be civic actors and center their voices more intentionally in the political process. Early in Arielle’s career, she worked in Boston and Washington, D.C. addressing issues of food insecurity, homelessness, and criminal justice reform. It was during these early experiences she witnessed the exclusion of marginalized voices in political and civic processes, fomenting her belief that our democracy must become more inclusive and accessible. She has since worked in K-12 schools, universities, and nonprofits promoting youth voice, civic action, and educational equity both domestically and in the U.K.
Arielle earned her master’s degree in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the George Washington University with a minor in human services.