Welcome Jessica Fei, our new Director of Programs!
Please join us in welcoming Jessica Fei, Sadie Nash's new Director of Programs. We are excited to introduce her to all of you and we asked her a few questions so that you can get to know her better.
Tell us a little bit about yourself?
I was born and raised in Queens, the daughter of an immigrant family with roots in China and Taiwan. When I think of the many families and communities that now fill my life, I am continually inspired by their stories of leading with both their minds and their hearts, and taking a stand for what they believe is right. In my own journey as a social justice educator and a scholar-activist, I try to maintain a commitment to learning, listening, and self-expression in all that I do. I recharge by taking walks and being near water, engaging with art, cuddling with loved ones, and watching loads of reality TV!
What brings you to Sadie Nash Leadership Project?
Sadie Nash Leadership Project represents the values that I believe are key to personal and social transformation. As a woman of color, I have seen and experienced many ways in which racism, white supremacy, and patriarchy are affecting the health and well-being of our youth and communities; I have also been able to bear witness to the beauty of our resistance. To me, the most powerful way to change the world is to nurture creative, intergenerational spaces for healing, learning, and growth. Young people, women of color, and gender-expansive folx have long been in the lead of our movements for justice and liberation. It is a joy and a privilege to be in a space like Sadie Nash, where we can work together to build our power and nurture each other’s dreams.
When you think of our Sadie Nash community, what comes to mind?
I think of playful energy, bubbling laughter, deep conversations, and fierce love. I think of go-around questions that invite me to pause and discover something new about myself; I revel in the chance to gain more knowledge about the brilliant people in these circles. I think of how Sadie Nash creates a critical, caring environment for leaders to strive hard, to work in partnership with one another, and to push to do our best for ourselves and others. There’s immense possibility in our sense of connection, especially as we are surrounded by the portraits of courageous womxn leaders and the legacies left by each generation of Nashers who have come through our programs. I feel grateful to be inhabiting this place and its stories, and I feel proud to be a part of it.
Still have questions? Want to meet Jessica in person? Join us at Leadership Lab on Wednesday, October 16th from 6:30 to 8pm where we will be moderating a discussion of young people about their experience of participating in Sadie Nash. All members of the Sadie Nash community are warmly invited. RSVP HERE!