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A life-long activist concerned with issues around race, education, and leadership.


Jen Chau is the Founder of Swirl, an anti-racist organization that builds communities to engage in cross-cultural dialogue around race and identity. She is also the Director of Talent Development for Harlem RBI and DREAM Charter School, responsible for leading all staff recruitment, hiring, onboarding, training and professional development.

Jen's perspectives on race and racism have been featured in such publications as The New York Times, USA Today, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Additionally, Jen has appeared on CNN, NPR, MSNBC, and PBS's Asian America as an expert on topics surrounding diversity, race issues, and mixed race identity. Jen received her BA in Women’s Studies at Wellesley College and her MS in Organizational Change Management from Milano, The New School for Management and Urban Policy. She currently lives in New York City and writes about her experiences in activism every now and then at The Time Is Always Right.


books, boxing, and changing things up.