Jennvine Wong - Founding Board member
Promoting activism and public service for positive community growth
Jennvine Wong is a public defender in the Manhattan office of the Legal Aid Society. Since 2012, she has represented thousands of New Yorkers in parole revocation and criminal proceedings. She advocates passionately for her clients before administrative, criminal, and supreme court judges. Jennvine has also served as an Emerging Philanthropist for the Women's Prison Association to raise awareness and funds to support criminal justice involving women. In addition, she served as the host committee co-chair for fundraisers to benefit the Sex Workers Project at Taj Lounge in the Flatiron District.
Jennvine is a lifelong New Yorker. Although she grew up in nearby Edison, New Jersey, she earned a Bachelor's degree in International Politics at NYU and Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School. She split her time between summer vacations in Hong Kong, weekly trips to Manhattan Chinatown, and New Jersey while growing up. Her professional development and passion for civil rights began with an internship at the Asian American Legal Defense Fund's Voting Rights Project, later completing a fellowship at the Urban Justice Center's Sex Workers Project.
Jennvine loves to spend time cooking and eating international cuisines with her friends and family. She helps support her partner's longboard community by participating in their seasonal events at local parks. Jennvine strongly believes in self-care and community building and is grateful for the diverse and supportive community she has built in her neighborhood.
Lisa Joy Kirschenbaum, RN, BS - Founding Board Member
Lisa Joy Kirschenbaum is a perinatal nurse in Western Massachusetts. She has over 25 years of experience and has been present for thousands of births. Lisa is a staunch patient advocate and is proud to work at a community hospital. In her spare time she facilitates a post-partum support group for patients of the hospital and is an active member of the JCA of Amherst, MA.
When she's not in the hospital she can usually be found in her garden, singing or supporting a local organization.
Christopher O'Brien - Founding Board Member
Christopher O’Brien is a recent graduate of UPENN Law. His first profession was as a singer/songwriter. He wrote, recorded, and performed original music, spending five years as a full-time touring artist. As an indie artist Chris managed, booked and oversaw every aspect of his career. Chris is using that experience at Goodwin and as a founding board member of Nurses for Social Justice. He has volunteered for the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign and Philadelphia Legal Assistance.
Jennifer Grossman, BSN, RN, LNC - Executive Director
Jennifer Grossman has been a registered professional nurse since 2006. She began her clinical career as a neurology-neurosurgery staff nurse at New York Presbyterian Hospital and learned the ins and outs of hospital administration as the outpatient Clinical Nurse Manager at Mt. Sinai Hospital's Primary Care Associates.
During her clinical career she began working with public defenders in New York City and then gained experience mass torts, personal injury, medical malpractice and criminal law. She has experience reviewing medical records from all over the country, giving her vast knowledge of electronic medical records (EMR), medical terminology and chart organization - which she shares with defenders across the country through the Nurses for Social Justice CLE program.
Jennifer has too many hobbies including baking, sewing and travel. She is a member of the American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants and the Medical Reserve Corps of New York and has been a volunteer at community medical centers in New York, New Orleans and more recently with Remote Area Medical. She is dedicated to standing up for the exploited and powerless.