Janna Y. Strain (they/them/their) is a project manager, writer, and restorative justice facilitator living in Oakland, CA. Having worked in the nonprofit sector since 2011, Strain began their career in recreation and personal care for people with disabilities before moving to advocacy work with the Human Rights Campaign. Before joining Net Impact, they worked for Year Up as a project manager and project management instructor, serving the organization's mission to connect Opportunity Youth to careers in technology. At Net Impact, Janna works with the programs team as a project manager for the events team, having most recently driven the organization's virtual event series, The Regenerative Economy.
The best advice I have ever received was: "Whatever you do with your life, travel. You'll understand people and the world in ways you can't otherwise."
When I need to relax, I: write, sign up for a dance class, or hit the climbing gym.
What surprises me most about my career path is: how many of my passions I discovered just by volunteering to take on something different. Sometimes there's an unmet need in an organization that you're uniquely suited to fill--and it may just be exactly what you want to do with your career.