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My professional motto is: “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope

jenna Minwary

president

I am: 28

I’m a young professional at: ESRI (Environmental Systems Research Institute).

I get involved in my community through the following organization(s): various roles within the PICK group including PICK’s Board Development Training Program, teaching classes and leading a Bible study at the Grove Community Church and as a former mentor to a 7-year-old with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire.

I’m proud of these achievements: Becoming a certified facilitator in strategic planning and my PICK involvement (it has been a joy to watch the organization thrive).

I am a happy resident in the City of: Riverside

My career goals are to: Effect change for the betterment of under-served individuals socially, educationally and emotionally.

My professional motto is: “We have to remember what’s important in life: friends, waffles, and work. Or waffles, friends, work. But work has to come third.” – Leslie Knope

My advice to other YoPros is: Follow your passions. The end result will be far more valuable than if you had only focused on furthering your career.

When I’m not working or volunteering, you can find me: playing with my nieces and nephews, going on a hike, reading non-fiction, or traveling.

I joined PICK because: I was new to the community and looking to make professional and personal connections in the area.

PICK is awesome because: It encourages members to recognize their vested interest in the community and become well informed on local issues.

I maximize my PICK membership by: Taking on leadership roles and through involvement in the Social Committee.

The issues in Riverside that I care about most are: Equitable education for all youth and creating a safer community.