Jen LaBarbera currently serves as the Education & Advocacy Manager at San Diego Pride, where they manage the organization’s community partnerships, education & advocacy programs, civic engagement, and international diplomacy work. As a proud queer femme of color, Jen works to advocate for policy to shape and change lives and is invested in the grassroots organizing and community engagement necessary to further true social justice and liberation.
In addition to their role at Pride, Jen also currently serves as the Secretary of the GLSEN San Diego chapter’s Board of Directors and as a District Vice President for the US Association of Prides. They graduated from the YPC Academy in 2017, and have been an active member of the Center’s Young Professionals Council since 2015. As a writer, Jen has had two pieces published in anthologies focused on LGBTQ survivors and mental health.
Prior to joining San Diego Pride, Jen worked as a librarian and archivist in San Diego, Boston, and Denver, and has over 15 years of experience as a political and community organizer and advocate for LGBTQ+ equality and reproductive justice in Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, South Dakota, and Massachusetts. She received her BA in the Study of Women and Gender and Government from Smith College and her MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Denver.
Jen resides in Normal Heights with her partner, Stacy, their dog, Dixie, and their two cats, George and Ellie.