Originally from Apple Valley, Minnesota, Jean graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in 2011 with a degree in linguistics. An Emory Scholar, she served as the Co-Director of Volunteer Emory, Emory's largest service and social justice organization. She facilitated weekly service trips to PAWS Atlanta and the Furniture Bank of Metro Atlanta and led alternative break trips in San Diego, Atlanta, and Mississippi. Jean also completed a board development assessment for a fair housing advocacy agency in Atlanta.
Field placement: Hunger Task Force
Jean completed a landscape evaluation of SNAP access in the state of Wisconsin. After visiting income maintenance agencies and community-based SNAP application assistance sites in 27 sample counties, she assessed the resources available to SNAP applicants in Wisconsin.
Policy placement: Justice Policy Institute
Jean authored a qualitative policy brief that explores the intersections between poverty, race, and the bail system in Baltimore. The brief comprises narratives collected through personal interviews with advocates and people who work in the Baltimore bail system, highlighting the stories of individuals who have been in jail.