In 2017, the Community Foundation launched a Closing the Opportunity Gap initiative which works to address the growing opportunity gap within our communities. This refers to a nationwide trend of unequal access to education and out-of-school opportunities for youth of all ages. Our kids across Southwest Alabama face a growing opportunity gap that, for many, hinders their ability to reach their full potential and it greatly threatens our communities' future prosperity.
Jena Berson currently serves as Director of Communications & Programs for the Community Foundation of South Alabama. Before working in south Alabama, Jena worked on Capitol Hill for over a decade serving four U.S. senators. Jena grew up in New Orleans and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science & Communications from Louisiana State University. She lives with her husband, Michael, and son, Bram, in Mobile.