Ruth Jeannoel First-generation Haitian American, mother, wife, community organizer and writer

Ruth Jeannoel is a first-generation Haitian American, mother, wife, community organizer and writer. She currently serves as the Lead Organizer at Power U Center for Social Change in Miami, FL, where she focuses on organizing around dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline by providing Black and Brown young parents and youth with the tools to build power in their own communities. Born and raised in Cambridge, MA, Ruth has been organizing since the 4th grade with her first boycott around “opting” out of the state’s standardized test. She continued her organizing work throughout high school and college in spaces where it related to youth voice around access to public education and gender justice. Ruth studied Social Thought, Political Economy & Women’s Studies at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. In her extra time, she supports her community as a full-spectrum doula and a Restorative Justice Circle Keeper Trainer. Ruth is also a writer with Echoing Ida, a program of Forward Together and a Black women's writers collective dedicated to alloying the thought leadership and voices of Black women in the social justice movement. She is a believer that the personal is political and has a strong commitment to Black liberation.