Jen Sarduy (they/she)
As a queer black parent, Jen Sarduy has an embodied understanding of intersectionality that centers their work in the community. Jen works for the liberation and independence of their community through innovative communications work, facilitation, and program co-design. Passionate about people and their capacity to thrive when equitably resourced and connected, Jen hopes to change the way we think about our city, our resources, and our safety.
Jen lives in District 2, where she is the co-founder of Re+Birth Equity Alliance, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit organization working to inspire, protect, and build community with Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) and LGB TGNC+ people. Jen’s work with Re+Birth Equity Alliance in Fort Worth includes:
Tested and Rested — A pop-up, stigma busting collaboration with Fort Worth overdose awareness organization O.D. Aid that works to address reduced STI testing in Fort Worth as well as challenging both the stigma and difficulty associated with getting tested.
Fort Worth SOUP — A micro-granting dinner that builds support for creative projects in the community.
Re+Center — Centering and relationship-building opportunities for connection between parents and caregivers.
Thrive — Skills building parenting workshops that work to help parents move beyond survival mode.
Mobile Mental Health Clinic — A quarterly pop-up mental health clinic, allowing for low-barrier access to therapy and mental health resources for families in Fort Worth
Systemic Racism and Implicit Bias in Care Work — a course for care-workers that is interactive, meant to prompt discussion and change, and delivered to providers nationwide.
Jen has also worked in relationship with Tarrant County Birth Equity Collaborative, The Link Up, UNT Health Science Center, Tarrant County Public Health Department, Democratic Socialists of America Fort Worth, Fort Worth Futures, Trail Driver’s Park Advisory Committee Fort Worth Public Art Selection Panel, and collaborated with many others. Jen works as the Communications Manager at National Harm Reduction Coalition, a national advocacy and capacity-building organization that promotes the wellbeing and dignity of people and communities affected by drug use. Additionally, Jen served on Diamond Hill Jarvis Neighborhood Association as the former secretary and remains a member.
Jen is a spouse and parent of three children, ages 13, 9, and 7, who teach her about joy and growth every day.