Serena Manna was raised in Austin, Texas and left in 2013 to earn her Bachelor of Science at Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island. She studied International Business with a concentration in Entrepreneurship, which led to a four-month development and globalization program in Thailand. There she worked with a small team on a range of human rights development projects - researching the risky transition period from chemical to organic farming and the environmental impacts of the agricultural industry.
Serena holds a great interest in economic development through social enterprise and works to understand what support is available for those starting their own business in Rhode Island. In September 2018 she began working at Social Enterprise Greenhouse as their communications coordinator under an Americorps VISTA contract. Building relationships with both entrepreneurs and volunteer advisors is the most rewarding part of her job. She aims to better understand how entrepreneurs and those who are self-employed navigate health insurance, social security benefits, and their mental health. Serena is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Global Tourism and Sustainable Economic Development to research what sustainable development means to different cultures.