A firm believer in the power and potential of all girls and young women, Jeannette Pai-Espinosa assumed leadership of The National Crittenton Foundation in January of 2007. Jeannette brings to the 129-year-old institution more than 30 years of experience in strategic communication, advocacy, education, intercultural communication, public policy, strategic communication, program development, public will building, community engagement and direct service delivery. Today she leads The Foundation in providing capacity building, strategic partnership development, national advocacy and communication support to the 26 members of the Crittenton family of agencies providing services in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
Jeannette, an award winning communication professional, resigned her partnership at a national social change agency to join The Foundation to build a social justice movement to support the empowerment of girls and young women living at the margin of the American dream. A passionate advocate for human rights, Jeannette was appointed by former Oregon Gov. Barbara Roberts to serve on her senior policy staff. In addition to being a business owner Jeannette has experience as the founder of a nonprofit alternative school supporting young men and women of color involved in the juvenile justice system; has worked in human rights at the city; county and state levels, and was a university administrator. Jeannette began her career as an activist for issues of importance to girls and women in the early seventies.
Expert on: Girls and young women in systems such as child welfare, juvenile justice, etc.; impact of violence on girls and young women; gender and culturally responsive, trauma informed/specific, strength-based services; young motherhood; addressing roots causes like sexism, racism, poverty and violence; public will building communication; branding and strategic communication; impact of increasing racial and ethnic diversity in communities; and youth/survivor advocacy and leadership.