Jennifer Lewis is a mental health worker, community advocate, and leader in the fight against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline. She's been a civically active member of her community in Augusta County and Waynesboro, volunteering for various local groups, serving on boards and commissions, and fighting on the front lines for the values of the 6th District.
Jennifer grew up unloading hay and picking rock on her small, family-owned dairy farm. While she was away at college, her family made the heart-wrenching decision to sell their farm. She earned a Bachelor's degree in sociology with a concentration in environmental studies from the State University of New York at Oneonta - where she met her husband, Ben.
Jennifer has volunteered at the Boys and Girls Club and Big Brother Big Sister, winning "Big" of the Year in 2009. She's served as Chair of the Waynesboro Parks and Recreation Board for eight years and currently serves as Chair of the Office on Youth Commission.
She's also a board member at Wild Virginia and an elected member of the Headwaters Soil and Water Board. Recently reelected as Vice Chair of the Waynesboro Democratic Committee, Jennifer was honored to receive the Democrat of the Year award in 2013 and Grassroots Organizer of the Year award for the 6th District in 2014.
When Jennifer saw farms in the Valley being threatened by Dominion's Atlantic Coast Pipeline, she founded Friends of Augusta, a local pipeline opposition group. As President, she's organized demonstrations, rallies, and meetings with FERC and elected officials. She's also setup fundraisers and written columns in local papers addressing the disastrous effects the proposed pipelines will have on our land, water, and air - not to mention our property rights.
Jennifer spent the early part of her professional career working in the Virginia public school system, providing mental health services to at-risk youth. She currently works with adults with mental illness who are transitioning from inpatient care back into the community.
Jennifer lives in Waynesboro with her husband and their three cats and dog. Over the past four years, they've fostered scores of kittens through Cat's Cradle in Harrisonburg.