Anna Jensen first came to work for the Farmworkers’ Project in 2008 as an outreach worker fresh out of college. She served as an outreach worker with the health program for two years before returning to grad school. In those years, she learned more Spanish than in her four years of undergrad and developed an unexpected love for the flat fields of Eastern North Carolina. After completing her graduate studies in Community Development at UC Davis in California, she returned to North Carolina. She couldn’t stay away from the state where she grew up and from the organization that put her in touch with so many of North Carolina’s diverse residents.
She has been the Executive Director of the Project since 2014. She is constantly grateful for the dedicated, smart, and fierce staff members with whom she has the privilege of working, and for the farmworkers who make this work worth doing. When not working, she can be found experimenting with baking projects (favorite recipe this year: lemon pound cake), knitting, running, taking pictures of her cat, and experiencing North Carolina’s natural beauty on as many hikes as possible.