Lena Smith is a Senior New Jersey Organizer and Policy Advocate with Food & Water Watch. She is responsible for managing our South Jersey organizing program and for advancing our policy goals in the NJ state legislature.
Previously, Lena was a South Jersey Organizer with Food & Water Watch organizing campaigns to protect public water in Atlantic City and the South Jersey Region, and to stop gas pipelines through the Pinelands. Prior to joining Food & Water Watch Lena served as an agricultural Peace Corps volunteer in rural Paraguay and has nearly 10 years of organizing experience. She organized Youth in the Roxbury/Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, farmers in Peru, human service agencies in North St. Louis, a St. Louis citywide coalition to stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership Trade Agreement, and the Brown School chapter of St. Louis Students in Solidarity to support the Ferguson resistance following the murder of Mike Brown in 2014.
Lena has an M.S.W. is Social and Economic development from Washington University in St. Louis and a B.A. in Social Work and Spanish from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. Lena has traveled to over 10 countries on 5 continents, speaks three languages, has run 5 ½ marathons, and has hiked the Inca Trail twice!