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Meet Jenna Baron

Meet Jenna Baron 2016 Pittsburgh Fellow


1.       Favorite Book of all time AND the last book you read?

Does my favorite childhood book count? The Very Hungry Caterpillar really takes the gold on that one.


The last book I read is a novel that my best friend gave me called Dust by the Kenyan author, Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor.


2.       If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?

Being fluent in American Sign Language


3.       What’s your Zodiac Sign? If you know anything about it do you think it’s you?

Taurus - most of the personality profiles I've read about Taurus include something about having great ambition, which is a trait I can relate to. Though, those same profiles typically mention that the Taurus's ambition is motivated by money or materials, which has never been my main motivation in developing and working toward my goals. I guess I'm saying that I'm a bit unconvinced that my zodiac sign actually represents me!


4.       What’s the First album you bought and what media was it on? (CD, tape, 8 track?)

Millenium by Backstreet Boys on tape 


5.       If you had to sacrifice one of your five senses which would it be and why?

I really don't like this question! It's too real for some folks who already have an impaired sense and have to learn to navigate the environment and advocate for more accessibility. 


6.       What was your dream job growing up? Astronaut, cowboy/girl, Science Ninja?

To be the lead vocalist of a band


7.       Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Pursuing another degree (Masters or Phd) in education policy and/or related field


8.       What’s your favorite thing about Pittsburgh?

The people! Many folks who are from Pittsburgh have great pride in their city and because of it, make newcomers and visitors feel welcome. It has [most] benefits of a big city but maintains that small town feel. Now, if we could just get this public transportation situation in a good place...


9.       If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?

At the moment, I feel that a trip to Italy needs to happen. I've always wanted to go with my mom and connect with our distant family who still live in Naples. 


10.   In what ways are you a leader? In what ways are you a follower?

As it relates to social justice work:

There are two ways of leading that come to mind, 1) by inspiring others to pursue new opportunities, particularly those to become civically engaged and 2) challenging the status quo and thinking "outside the box" by connecting people and existing ideas to create something new. 


As it relates to my daily life:

I tend to allow others to make decisions about where we'll go, what we'll do, where we'll eat, etc. I don't mind coming up with a plan, but I have found that other people often have the best ideas!


11.   If you could have one superpower, what would it be and how would you use it?

Flying at super speed, FOR SURE. Most days out of the week I wish I could be two places at once; I think flying can help me get closer to that. Also, until we figure out a way to make it easier to get around the 'burgh without a car, flying will remain my superpower of choice.

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