Sally Jernigan-Smith

Sally Jernigan-SmithSenior Manager of Community Engagement

I arrived at PGS in May 2016 with experience in the sustainable food industry and events management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Affairs and Religion Studies from Skidmore College.  After completing a backpacking trip around South America, I moved to the Bay Area and the found at PGS the mission and values alignment I was looking for in my career.

As Senior Manager of Community Engagement, I work with community members to create exciting opportunities to learn and network outside of the classroom. The best part of my job is hearing inspiring stories from students and alumni who are using their PGS experience to build a creatively sustainable future.

What lights me up? Environmental and Social justice, speaking Spanish, dancing, hiking, and exploring new places with loved ones. As a Massachusetts native, I am always looking for the next opportunity to enjoy California’s natural beauty and food culture. My favorite finds so far include Mt. Tamalpais, Anza Borrego State Park, Burmese tea leaf salad, and Vegetable Masala Pizza!