Leadership Spotlight: Jenna Lowe
Long before Jenna Lowe joined the EA Family team as one of our incredible social worker supervisors, she knew she wanted to help others. After earning a Bachelor's in psychology from Sacramento State University, she decided to enter the Master's program at the University of San Francisco; it was there that her focus began to narrow. She landed a position with EA as a case manager, and since then has worn many hats with us including social worker, lead social worker, and finally, supervisor. Read on to discover her advice to anyone interested in a similar career path, what she enjoys doing while not at work, and more!
Were there any experiences you had early in life that have contributed to your success with EA Family?
Growing up I always knew I wanted to do something in the 'helping' profession. I was always the friend that everyone came to for a shoulder to cry on, or for advice. I feel very fortunate to have known from such a young age what I wanted to do. I saw myself being a therapist so that's what I went to school for, but working with EA has really opened my eyes to the larger picture of helping people. I feel my therapeutic skills learned in school have really attributed to my success as a supervisor with EA.
What advice would you give to someone interested in working with youth in foster care?
I would give them the same advice I give to current employees; it's really important to be patient and understanding. Meeting a youth where they are can go a long way in helping build rapport within the relationship, and will contribute to their success in the future. I believe it's very important to always show them grace and compassion. Remember to try to find the positives, even when it feels like there are none.
What do you enjoy doing when you're not at work?
I enjoy shopping, hanging out with my fiancé and friends, spending time with family watching my favorite reality shows, and relaxing. I really like to give myself time to do the things I enjoy in order to reset and focus on the hard stuff this job can sometimes bring.
What's something about you that would surprise most people?
Most people don't know that I'm legally blind in one eye. My lovely brother threw a pencil at me when I was five and it hit me right in the blue part of my eye. I had to have surgery and all that jazz, but there was nothing they could do for my poor eye.
Anything else you'd like to add?
I love my EA family!