Jenna Severson

Jenna Severson joined Woodstock Institute as Communications and Development Associate in 2017. She is responsible for improving the public’s access to Woodstock Institute’s expert research and policy work by connecting with the press, updating the Woodstock website and social media, and producing interactive presentations and reports. On the development side, she is responsible for building relationships with funders, maintaining grant proposals and reports, and planning and promoting Woodstock events.


Before she came to Woodstock, Jenna worked in fundraising at Envision Unlimited, a nonprofit organization providing community-integrated services for Chicago’s developmentally disabled. She also provided direct service to youth facing the impacts of political and economic injustice at both RefugeeOne in Chicago and in the townships of Cape Town, South Africa, where she partnered with a local HIV/AIDS organization, Yabonga, to teach community development. Her writing abilities stem from her experience as a writing tutor and as an editor in academic publishing.


Jenna earned her B.A. in English and Women’s Studies Gender Studies from Loyola University Chicago, where she was awarded both departments’ top honors.

Recent posts by Jenna Severson

Written by Jenna Severson on April 20, 2018 - 12:04pm
Trying to hold thoughtful discussions in D.C. about public policy amidst the drama of late night Tweets, surprise retirements, and FBI raids is no small feat! But from April 9 through 11, Woodstock joined advocates across the country at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s (NCRC) Just Economy Conference to focus in on community reinvestment developments, practices, and policies. The conference reminded us and our allies that despite the current wave of overwhelming political change and instability, we’re not backing down. We’re here for the long haul in the fight for financial justice.
Written by Jenna Severson on October 11, 2017 - 4:20pm

Robots have invaded the world of financial advising. Today hundreds of online programs are available, promising sage retirement and financial investment advice at the click of a button. 

That brings us to our first question:  What Is a Robo-Advisor?

Written by Jenna Severson on September 27, 2017 - 6:08pm
Hello readers!I’m thrilled to announce I have joined the Woodstock Institute as the new Communications and Development Associate.I apologize for taking a while to introduce myself formally; my start...