Jo Lin has most recently held the position of Community Programs Manager at New York Cares, where she engaged 250 volunteer liaisons, leading 18,000 volunteers in service to over 80 nonprofit and hunger relief organizations. She has also built an adult nutrition education program from the ground up, involving herself in everything from curriculum development and instructor training to budget administration and program evaluation.

Her nonprofit career stretches back to her preteens, when she was involved in the Digital Clubhouse Network, building community through the use of technology and intergenerational storytelling. She trained her peers to produce digital movies and held screenings for various community groups. While in her senior year at Barnard College she worked with the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art Program to engage 5th graders in art inquiry and art making. Upon graduation she served two terms as an AmeriCorps NPRC with the American Red Cross in Greater New York, deploying to both local and national disaster relief operations and training 350 volunteers in disaster preparedness and response.

Jo has been inspired by her involvement in disaster kitchen operations at different Red Cross shelters and has learned to see food as a necessary form of comfort and connection. To this end, she has pursued a culinary arts degree and retained a passion for working in hunger relief. She has also self-authored a cookbook, which serves to highlight some of what she learned in culinary school.

Being a creative self-starter, she is interested in combining her various experience and skills with the opportunities and rigors of the National Urban Fellows program. She hopes to one day run a nonprofit that fosters the sense of community and connectedness that she has found to be the underpinning of impactful public service.