Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA's Jayni Rasmussen Receives Professional Women in Advocacy Award

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

NRPA's Jayni Rasmussen Receives Professional Women in Advocacy Award

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Jayni Rasmussen, NRPA's advocacy and outreach manager, was recently awarded the Professional Women in Advocacy Award for Excellence in Advocacy by an Up and Coming Advocate for her work on our Park Champion initiative. The Excellence in Advocacy Awards was begun five years ago to recognize women advocates who represent worthy causes and organizations.

Jayni's interest in advocacy began during high school near Cleveland, Ohio, when her English teacher suggested she channel her passion for crusading against the perceived injustices facing suburban high schoolers into political activism. Following her teacher's advice, she joined the youth civic engagement organization, Junior Statesmen of America, and then went on to Kent State to pursue a bachelor's in political science. She participated in Kent State's Columbus program, interning in the office of the Ohio Secretary of State, and it was there she would learn an important political lesson when the Ohio General Assembly decided to use its remaining legislative calendar time that could have been used to pass a bill to protect victims of domestic violence to, instead, pass a bill establishing the bullfrog as Ohio's state frog. …

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