A transformational educational experience at age 15 changed the course of Jeanne Rewa’s life. She left the course with a commitment to fighting for social justice and a deep belief in the power of education to create change. In college, Jeanne designed an independent major in Race, Class, and Gender Studies based on a foundation of intercultural studies, with an aim of understanding how to impact the interconnected roots of various forms of injustice. During and following college, Jeanne engaged as a volunteer and/or professional in various social movements, including racial justice, LGBTQ rights, death penalty abolition, fair trade, peace, environmental justice, climate change, etc., including working with Equal Justice USA and Greenpeace. In addition to grassroots organizing and campaigning, Jeanne has done graphic design, web design, diversity work, and various forms of facilitation, adult education, and coaching. Teaching spoken English to middle school students in China for two years was a cornerstone experience for Jeanne, building cross-cultural, teaching, and language skills. The thread running through all of Jeanne’s work is a focus on designing engaging and transformational experiential learning, with a specialty in connecting geographically and culturally diverse groups through creative and effective online learning and collaboration. When talking with Jeanne it doesn’t take long to see she is passionate about changing the world one webinar at a time!
In her free time, you can find Jeanne volunteering on the Board of Directors at Training for Change, exploring nature, painting, reading, or strategizing with her life partner, Ben, about how to change the world. Jeanne identifies as Queer and European American, and has lived in the Midwest, South, and Eastern US, California, and China, including rural, urban, and suburban communities.