There are so many wonderful people working behind the scenes at PAMP, and Jennifer Wang is one of them. Jennifer has been a PAMP member for seven years and on the board of directors for over two years. She started out as Director of Engagement and is now Director of Community Outreach.
“I’ve been on the board of directors for PAMP for two years now, and as a resident of Palo Alto, I have been thinking a lot about how to raise my kids to be good citizens of the earth and of our community, not to mention get involved myself in giving back to this beautiful place we live in.”
To that effect, her job as Director of Community Outreach is to find and work with organizations within the community where PAMP can partner with on meaningful events, causes and services related to families.
“There are so many wonderful community organizations out there. In fact I would love to hear from our membership about other organizations that they are involved with, where some sort of partnership would be of interest to our club.”
And when she says partnership, it could be as simple as just exposure to a great event that the organization is holding to a reciprocal sponsorship of events.
In addition to the specific job of Community Outreach, as a member-at-large on the board of directors of PAMP she meets with the other leaders on a regular basis to discuss and lead programs that encourage members to engage. She is active in helping with all PAMP events and with the online forums as well. Jennifer also represents PAMP to the wider community through active cross-postings to her own circle of friends, her children’s school mailing lists, Facebook and Nextdoor.
“I research and reach out to community organizations to have discussions about possible partnerships. I also receive inquiries from the community or from our membership about PAMP getting involved with them,” Jennifer says. “I do have to vet these requests so that the focus remains on community partnership and not promoting businesses or services.”
At the beginning of her term, she set a goal to partner with 3 organizations this year. At Family Day in July, PAMP partnered with 10 Books a Home, a fabulous non-profit that provides an early-literacy tutoring program to high-poverty preschoolers in East Palo Alto. The second partnership was PAMP participation at California Coastal Cleanup in September.
“I researched and selected a site that would be convenient for my family as well as other PAMP families to join, and then spread the word about this fun event,” Jennifer said. “I really wanted to give my kids an experience to increase their awareness of the environment and instill in them a sense of stewardship of the earth. Our family alone collected 4 bags of recycling and trash from the San Francisquito Creek.”
Jennifer and her husband both work in high-tech software. They met while working together at Netscape Communications Corporation, and she convinced him to move to the Bay Area from England in 2000. They have two children, ages 7 and 5.
“I love PAMP because it’s given me so much support, starting from when I had a newborn,” she says. “My kids are now 5 and 7, and I think our club of parents and families are in a strong position to not only help ourselves, but to help others around us.”
1. What is the last non-kid movie you saw?
Wild - the movie about Cheryl Strayed, who hiked the Pacific Crest Trail.
2. Are you a Bay Area native or transplant?
Transplant. I grew up out east in West Virginia, went to college in Chicago and then ended up out here in 1997 to work for Netscape.
3. What’s at the top of your to-do list?
Planning our vacations and travel schedule for the next 6 months - I just booked tickets to Hawaii! Also, I have a big landscape project we are about to embark on.
4. Who is your favorite Sesame Street character?
5. Why are you a PAMP volunteer?
I’m a people person, and meeting other people in our club enriches my life as a parent and a resident of Palo Alto. I love to spread the word about our great club and have fun while I’m at it. Plus, volunteering for a non-profit helps to round out my life experiences -- it’s a great complement to my work in the corporate world, my work running a household with my husband and my work as a parent.
Each month we train the spotlight on someone who works behind the scenes for PAMP. Interested in hopping on board? Browse our open volunteer positions and join the fun!