Jolene is the Rural Projects Coordinator at the Sexual Violence Justice Institute at the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault. Since joining MNCASA in 2016, she has developed resources and trainings on a range of sexual violence topics, including Case File Review Project, and provides technical assistance to rural sexual assault responses teams in Minnesota and nationally.
She has been in the anti-sexual violence movement since 2006 as a volunteer and then working at a community-based advocacy agency where she gained experience training advocates, engaging the community, and working with SARTs, particularly focusing on the needs of Native American and Tribal communities. Jolene also has experience providing technical assistance to sexual assault and domestic violence advocacy programs across the country.
Her professional interests include improving the sexual assault response in rural and/or Tribal areas, the intersections of homelessness and sexual violence, and advocating for social justice. Outside of work, she spends her time embracing life with her 8-year-old daughter.