Meet Jenny

Arneson Family

For the past 16 years, Jenny has been a strong leader in our community. She has fought for equity across the schools, been a conduit for community input at the school board and district level, and worked tirelessly for parent, teacher and community engagement and collaboration.

A fourth generation Northeaster, Jenny has a strong commitment to Eastside neighborhoods and schools. Jenny graduated from Edison Senior High School in 1993. After graduating from St. Olaf with a Bachelor Degree in Social Work, Jenny went on to earn her Masters Degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Today, she lives in the Audubon Neighborhood with her husband Patrick. Her twin sons, Brandon and Connor, are seniors at Edison High School and her youngest son, Cullen, is in the eighth grade at Northeast Middle School.

Jenny has worked in  Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) leading social skills groups for children throughout the district. She also spent time working with the adolescent parent unit, helping pregnant or parenting teens complete their education through Minneapolis public contract-alternative schools and increasing parent engagement among at-risk families. Prior to working in MPS, Jenny was a social worker and community organizer on the Northside of Minneapolis. One of her roles included multi-agency collaborations designed to strengthen the surrounding community, such as the Hawthorne Huddle.

Jenny’s passion lies in fighting for strong urban schools. She has been a leader within the Waite Park Community School PTA, a founder of the Edison Activity Council, and an active member of the Northeast Middle School PTA and Public Education Northeast (PEN). Jenny has a record of tirelessly advocating for academic equity among all Minneapolis schools and holding district officials accountable for promises made to our community. To this end, she has led fundraising sub-committees, coordinated new initiatives, linked disparate community groups, and thereby increased parent and community engagement with Minneapolis Public Schools.