Jeannine believes that advocacy is for everyone – regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, religion, race, physical ability, economic status, or educational attainment. As the Director of Research and Policy for the Women’s Fund of Greater Chattanooga, she leads research, policy recommendations, lobbying, issue education, and advocacy engagement efforts designed to elevate Tennessee beyond its status as one of the worst states in the country for women. Before joining the Women’s Fund, Jeannine worked in both disability rights and HIV/AIDS advocacy, as well as in adapted athletics. Jeannine received a PhD in English Sociolinguistics from Duke University, a Master’s Degree in English language studies and a Bachelor of Arts from North Carolina State University. She currently lives in Chattanooga, Tennessee with her husband and her rescued Doberman, Nikki.