Jael Currie is the Housing Director at YWCA Madison. In her role, she is responsible for the management and supervision of YWCA's housing department, which offers ten housing and/or housing related programs for homeless children, families and single women. Highlights of her career include being one of 25 women selected as YWCA USA's Inaugural Women of Color and Native Women's Leadership Cohort and serving on Dane County's Homeless Services Consortium Board of Directors.
Jael is a big-picture thinker who applies common sense and empathy into her practice. She brings nearly a decade of social service experience ranging from direct service provision in child welfare, community-based programming, and homeless services, as well as program and grant management, supervision of direct service staff, and team development. She earned a BA in Social Work and Women's Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, and Master of Social Work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Jael seeks to use her leadership and career to disrupt systems of oppression while also centering the experiences and voices of marginalized people. She agrees with Ayanna Pressley who once stated, "The people closest to the pain should be the closest to the power." Jael is especially passionate about ending homelessness and the economic, political, social, and cultural empowerment of black women. As a native of Madison, she is determined to make long-lasting yet intentional changes that dismantle the plethora of racial disparities that plague her community.
Jael is a proud daughter, sister, and mother of two. In her spare time she enjoys playing tennis, writing poetry, and listening to live music.