Jennifer Piper was born and raised in Denver. She graduated from Colorado State University with a Bachelors of Social Work.
Jennifer put her degree to use working with youth at a group home and as a bilingual advocate at a shelter for survivors of domestic violence.
Jennifer first became conscious about immigrant rights during her service in Peace Corps, Paraguay. Upon her return from Paraguay, she became a volunteer at the American Friends Service Committee.
In 2005, she received her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
Jennifer then worked as an auditor for the State of Colorado for two years before becoming paid staff at the American Friends Service Committee as the Interfaith Organizer.
She co-founded and coordinates the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition, 30 congregations working to embody the integrity of their faith traditions to proclaim and protect the dignity and worth of every human being.
She received the 2010 Amos award from Lutheran Advocacy Ministry for her work on immigration as well as the Loretto Women’s Network 2018 Mary Rhodes Award.
The American Friends Service Committee is a Quaker organization that includes people of various faiths who are committed to social justice, peace and humanitarian service.