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Jennifer Tan

Jennifer Tan

Storyteller. People Motivator.

San Francisco, CA

I'm always looking for great stories and the people who inspire them. Writer, avid reader, and food blogger.





Stories Through Food

For me, food isn’t just a huge part of my life, but a huge part of who I am. I don’t eat just to eat. I eat for happiness because that’s what it brings me, for great company because goodness should be shared, and for paying homage to parents who taught me a love for food through their love.
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The Value of Time Off

It's so easy to jump from job to job these days, feeling like it's a necessity to be someone at some company. Despite my fears of having a "gap" on my resume, I decided to take the plunge to work on my own personal projects, including writing short stories, a children's book, and launching my food blog,

Teach For China

Marketing & Recruitment Manager

I spent two years traveling the midwest and northeast to find the best Fellows looking to make a difference in education and China. I also helped to create our first US role in marketing, managed our social media accounts, and developed key relationships with US stakeholders and influencers.

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Asian American Writers' Workshop

Publishing & Publicity Intern

I absolutely loved my experience at AAWW. From meeting inspiring authors to planning launch parties for new releases to writing, the Workshop gave me a space to channel all my energy and love for reading and writing.


Teach For China


I spent two years teaching English in a rural factory village in Southern China. My time as a teacher in China has deeply impacted my views on education, inequality, and globalization. In my first year teaching, I had 78 students in my seventh-grade class.


Brown University

Bachelor of Arts with Honors, English Literature and Creative Nonfiction

I went into college completely unsure what to study. But I knew how much I loved writing and reading. For two years, I took all the classes that I was interested in and by the end of sophomore year, I was confident in declaring my major. Most of my confidence didn't just come from my love for words, but two passionate professors who dedicated their time to my growth.

Outside of classes, I taught and mentored. From high school students in under-resourced communities to refugees and Chinese adoptees, my passion for education stems from my belief that quality education is a human right for all.


Baccalaureate School For Global Education

International Baccalaureate Diploma, Advanced Regents Diploma

Born and raised in Queens, New York, I attended a high school in Astoria that constantly challenged me with an IB (International Baccalaureate) curriculum, a graduating class size of 48, and teachers who inspired me to always do more. Despite the public school system in NYC, I was fortunate to find a community like BSGE.