Jennifer Piper was born and raised in Denver, CO where she grew up on Catholic social teachings in a union family. 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 time in Peace Corps, Paraguay. In 2003, upon her return from Paraguay, she became a member of Coloradans for Immigrant Rights, a project of AFSC-Colorado. In 2005, she returned to school and received her Master’s in Public Policy and Management from Carnegie Mellon University.
After graduating, Jennifer 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 Organizing Director for Immigrant Rights. Her work focuses on fostering faith-based dialogue about, and faith based actions supporting, immigrants and immigration reform. She received the 2010 Amos award from Lutheran Advocacy Ministry for her work on immigration.