Jen Fries has lived in the district for more than twenty years, and her child attends public school in Cambridge. For ten years, Jen ran a nonprofit that manages volunteer programs and services in the Cambridge Public Schools. Through that work, she mobilized several thousand volunteer tutors and mentors from the community and from more than 15 tech, biotech, and pharmaceutical labs and companies, in support of the needs of public school students. An experienced financial manager, Jen has raised millions of dollars for public schools over the last decade, both in her job as Executive Director, as well through a fundraising running club, the Amigos Flash, at her child’s elementary and middle school. Jen has her Masters in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in public policy, with honors, from Brown University.
“Public service is where I found my life’s purpose, beginning as a volunteer on the suicide hotline as a college freshman and continuing through my whole professional career. I hope to continue to serve the public as your State Representative for the 24th Middlesex.” — Jennifer Fries, candidate
Jen has served in leadership at a number of nonprofits, including legal aid, domestic violence and sexual assault programs, homelessness prevention advocacy and services, and educational nonprofits. An experienced and compassionate manager of people, partnerships, and budgets, Jen brings real-world experience to the role of state rep. She is a committed leader who knows how to listen to the needs of constituents and to develop policies that improve the life of a community.
During the COVID surge in late March and early April 2020, Jen helped create an effort to raise funds and deliver more than 2,500 meals to Mt. Auburn Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance (Cambridge and Everett), and Boston Health Care for the Homeless. The effort raised and spent more that $25,000 at locally owned restaurants.
Read more about Jen’s education and career on LinkedIn. Read a personal statement about how Jen’s lived experience reinforced her pro-choice values here.