Jennifer Manzano is our Special Projects Coordinator. She formerly served as one of our interns for our Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 internships. Born and raised in Clayton County to two industrious Mexican immigrants, she continues to experience the intersectionality faced with being a first generation Chicana and by those of marginalized communities in the United States.
Currently a Senior and POSSE Scholar at Brandeis University, she is pursuing a degree in Health, Science, Society, & Policy and Latin American Latino Studies with a minor in Legal Studies. While newly living independently in an unfamiliar state, she quickly found her passion in activism specifically in the immigration and healthcare system. Since, she has worked in the Emergency Department of Massachusetts General hospital and for the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy as a research assistant studying the various discrepancies in healthcare for people with different social and economic backgrounds.
While serving as a student board member at her university’s first generation program and becoming involved in the Boston chapter of the grassroots organization Movimiento Cosecha that fights for dignity, respect, and permanent protection for all immigrants, Jennifer has learned the power and movement in amplifying marginalized voices. She’s excited to embark on her journey with GALEO and looks forward to learning from a network of professionals on how to advance Latinx representation on a governmental level.