Jolene is the Project Development Specialist at the Sexual Violence Justice Institute. She develops resources and trainings on a range of sexual violence topics, including leading the Case File Review Project as well as helping 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.