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Welcome Aboard, Jena Hinton

Today we welcome Jena Hinton (pronouns: she/her) as our new Program and Administrative Associate. Jena has been an intern with Village Preservation since September of 2021, and has collaborated on various research, programming, and archival projects during that time. She has helped to promote our neighborhood’s small businesses with her work on our Small Business, Big History and Business of the Month programs, and has also digitally archived the upcoming expansion of the Evelyn Haynes Collection in our Preservation History Archive. Jena also served our Arthur A. Levin Intern for Cultural History as well as the Assistant Curator for Village Voices 2022, our wildly successful benefit and public art exhibition.

Jena on a recent trip.

As our Programs and Administration Associate, Jena will continue to deepen and expand our community engagement as she assists with membership, fundraising, database management, and programming activities, while also contributing to our blog, Off the Grid, and undertaking special archival, administrative, and educational projects. She is very excited to learn more about our community’s rich history while cultivating relationships with the residents who further that history every day.

Jena was born and raised in Houston, Texas, and moved to Greenwich Village to attend New York University in 2018. She graduated magna cum laude in May 2022 with her bachelor’s degree in public policy and minors in psychology and data science. Her primary areas of academic interest include political psychology, radical movements, and policy issues surrounding gender and sexual health. Our neighborhood’s history of political activism and progressive thought serve as the perfect setting for Jena to continue her exploration and advocacy!

Jena last year in the courtyard of St. Mark’s in the Bowery outside our offices in the church’s rectory.

Jena’s passion for service began at a young age, and her desire to give back to her community spurred her to seek opportunities that would allow her to meaningfully engage with and advocate for New Yorkers. She previously served as a campaign organizer for City Council Member Erik Bottcher, and as a public service and communications intern for Governor Kathy Hochul. Now she is excited to focus her attention on the vital, direct community engagement conducted by nonprofit organizations. 

Jena is thrilled to continue learning and serving as a full-time staff member at Village Preservation. Welcome aboard, Jena!

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