Meet The Staff: Jenna Mitchell
Meet our Pennsylvania State Director
based out of the Pennsylvania Office
Jenna was born and raised in Lancaster County. She has loved fresh air, dirt, plants and animals since she can remember and has fond memories of playing in the garden as a child with roly-poly bugs. In her youth she hiked around the Conestoga River and Tucquan Creek and camped on the Appalachian Trail. As she grew up, her love for nature transformed to a mission to save and protect our earth’s precious resources. Jenna majored in Environmental Resource Management with minors in Environmental Soil Science and Watersheds and Water Resources.
In her senior year at Penn State, she interned for Matt Royer at the Agriculture and Environment Center, finding her passion for watershed restoration and community engagement. At the AEC, Jenna assisted in writing Watershed Implementation Plans and nutrient modeling. Following graduation, she worked for two years at the Lancaster County Conservation District as an Erosion and Sedimentation Technician. She thoroughly enjoyed her time on the frontlines of environmental regulation, working with excavators, construction workers, farmers and the plainsect to protect our waterways.
Outside of work at the Conservation District, Jenna volunteered with the Lancaster County Conservancy, Donegal Trout Unlimited and the Pennsylvania Master Naturalist Program. From these initiatives, she became extensively involved with the environmental ongoings in Lancaster County. She is thrilled to begin her career with the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay as the Pennsylvania Program Manager in April of 2016.
Jenna’s second passion is weightlifting. She placed third in a strongman competition in the winter of 2015 and also mentors and trains at a gym for at-risk youth in Lancaster City. When not working or lifting, Jenna can be found gardening, reading, cooking or spending time with friends and family.