In Session IV of the Fall GAINS workshop series, we invited a panel of Humphrey School alumni with a variety of leadership profiles and life experiences to share their perspectives on questions generated by workshop participants. Panelists include Kristin Jornby and Octavia Smith. Deborah Fitzpatrick will also join the panel.
Kristin Jorenby directs the Center for Accessibility Resources and is Adjunct faculty in the College of Community Studies and Public Affairs at Metropolitan State University. In these roles, she is a focused change agent ensuring people of all abilities can live in all aspects of life as independently as possible. She specializes in compliance with state and federal disability laws and policies as well as stakeholder engagement.
Octavia Smith is the Program Associate for Wilder’s Community Equity Pipeline program where she is responsible for providing a learning environment conducive to self-discovery, cultural responsiveness and opportunities for skill building and meaningful engagement in the public policy decision-making process. Born and raised in the Bronx, NYC, Octavia came to Minnesota to pursue a Master’s degree in Public Policy at the Humphrey School where she headed up the Humphrey Students of Color Association.