Jhenny Saint-surin (she/her, li, elle) is the Solidarity Program Officer for West Africa and Haiti. After leaving her native Thomassin, Pétionville, Haiti with her family to escape political instability, Jhenny studied Political Science at the University of Florida and Sustainable Development with a concentration in Management at SIT Graduate Institute in Vermont. She also had the opportunity to study women’s rights in Morocco and policy advocacy in Bangladesh.
Prior to joining the team at Grassroots International, Jhenny worked as a community engagement specialist for seven years with immigrants at the local political level, and previously interned at an organization that works to hold the UN accountable for bringing cholera to Haiti. Committed to the betterment of her native land, she frequently returns home to visit family, learn more about farmer-led business opportunities in the Sud Department, and assists with translation and interpretation on various medical mission trips. She is an adventurous eater and loves food from all over the world; favorites include sticky toffee pudding, Ethiopian food, and coffee. She loves traveling, working out to gqom, meeting new people, and learning about socially responsible businesses.