We are excited to announce Jenny Levison as Vice President of Marketing & Development at CSI. Jenny brings over 20 years of experience working at the nexus of the arts, media, justice, and equity to CSI. As a creative strategist and writer for progressive organizations, she specializes in communications, organizational development, fundraising, PR, and arts/activism. Read her full biography here.
Photo by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice
Describe your journey to CSI
In 2009, I was visiting my friend in Jackson, MS and went with her to pick up her son from pre-school, where I met Cassandra Welchlin, the mother of her son’s friend. We got to talking, and I found out that she worked for Center for Social Inclusion as the Director of Southern Programs, overseeing CSI Black land loss work, Mississippi education reform work, Gulf Coast leadership work, and overall policy and advocacy work for the South. I had been a racial justice activist for a long time, but I had never heard of Black land loss as an area of organizing, and I was completely captivated. It was one of those moments when I came face to face with my limited perspective as a white Northerner—but also one in which worlds of political, cultural, historical, and sociological connections opened up for me. Cassandra and I stayed in touch, and she invited me to an event at CSI in NYC, and from then on I followed CSI’s work with interest. When Glenn Harris moved East to take the helm, I was at a moment of transition between consulting jobs, and I came on board to help with a Development Director transition. Now I’m delighted to say I’m on staff, and here to stay.
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