Jennie Belle was born and raised in Savannah, GA. She moved to Texas for her undergraduate education at Rice University, during which time she studied in Mexico, Peru, and Argentina, and participated in service projects in Central America. After graduation she moved to Spain for a year to teach English. Jennie then came to North Carolina for a dual degree M.Div./M.S.W. graduate program at Duke Divinity School and UNC-Chapel Hill where her work focused on advocating for farm workers and organizing churches for social justice. Jennie currently serves as part of the Church World Service Immigration and Refugee Program advocacy team, where she works with local congregations to expand engagement in community organizing for immigrant and refugee rights. She provides leadership and direction for faith community outreach with an emphasis on rural organizing efforts and assisting local organizing efforts to build up the Sanctuary Movement in new regions. Previously, she worked as the Immigration Program Director of the North Carolina Council of Churches where she cultivated her passion for advocating for immigrants' rights and working to make local communities more welcoming. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband and two very fluffy dogs.
Church World Service, Community Organizer