After months navigating the pandemic, Jeslin founder herself with a new challenge-parenting during an incredibly destructive wildfire season. With kids that experience respiratory issues, many days were spent indoors during the summer. This was against the backdrop of an already challenging situation with COVID-19.
There are many reasons for wildfires, but climate change is a key driver in their increased intensity in recent years. Jeslin understands that we need policy level change to ensure sustainability and climate action are a top priority with our city leaders. Jeslin is running for City Council because we need creative thinking in Lakewood. The challenges coming out of the pandemic are unprecedented and we have seen the same tired narrative in Lakewood for too long.
Jeslin and her husband are raising 3 kids in Lakewood, where they put roots down 8 years ago. She has worked in the non-profit sector for the last 14 years, with a focus on youth development. Currently Jeslin is a director at an agency focused on providing climate action service opportunities for young adults 18-24 years old. As a first generation Iranian-American, Jeslin uses her father’s courage and commitment to community as a north star in community work.
Jeslin’s experience in community-centered work will be valuable as we exit the pandemic with an increased need for creative and collaborative solutions during these unprecedented times.