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Jenny Groza

Jenny Groza

Senior Producer, Multimedia and Education

Levo

New York, NY

I've worked in the non-profit, public, and private sectors all with the goal of impacting the world in a positive way, especially through education. I'm happiest when I'm learning, working with others, and contributing to social change.

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Levo

Senior Producer

I get to do what I love at Levo: use technology and digital media to deliver awesome educational experiences. I'd love to hear what you think about our guides, videos, and webinars—email me to get in touch!

My favorite Levo projects
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How to Negotiate

I got to work with Alex and Missy, founders of Ask For It, on this webinar right in time for performance reviews. I learned a ton about how to prepare and engage in negotiation.

TED

TEDx Community Manager

I managed all of TEDx's editorial, social media, and education content, and worked with over 10,000 TEDx organizers around the world. I launched the TEDx Hub, the TEDx community's first online global knowledge sharing platform and organized programming specific to TEDx organizers at the annual TED conference.

NYC Department of Small Business Services

Education Product Manager

I managed a program that delivered free in-person and online business courses to entrepreneurs in New York City in 8 different languages. Through updating and expanding curricula to include more information about technology and media, I grew the program from 4,000 people served annually to 8,000+.

Ashoka U at The New School

Program Manager

I designed and implemented the first year of a now annual university-wide social innovation challenge, The New Challenge. I fundraised $250,000 from the Rockefeller Foundation to implement the Challenge for 5 years. It's recognized as one of the most successful initiatives by an Ashoka U university.

#LifelongLearning
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I completed Documentary Storytelling and Editing at DCTV where I got to dissect what makes a documentary great, and even edit my own version of one given a massive amount of previously shot footage.

I would be in school forever if I could. Instead, I take and teach classes to get my education fix. Here are some that I've recently completed/taught.

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I teach weaving classes at a bookstore/yarn shop in Brooklyn. I get to weave and meet new people who are interested in fiber art. It's pretty perfect.

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I recently completed a Premiere editing course at DCTV, a documentary center in NYC to dust off my video editing skills.

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I completed an 8-week digital photography class at Brooklyn Creative Central—the best underground (literally) art collective in DUMBO. My final project was about the abandoned outskirts of Brooklyn.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Centennial Campaign Coordinator

I didn't know anyone in NYC when I moved here, and I didn't have a job. I was incredibly lucky to land my first job on the fundraising team for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden's 100th anniversary campaign to raise $1,000,000. I researched prospective donors, organized donor cultivation events, and managed reporting for grants. In my time at the Garden, we raised over $500,000—and I made life-long friends at BBG. And I saw Bill Cunningham at the gala.

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Career

The New School

M.S. in Public Policy, Economics and Social Entrepreneurship

I was awarded a Peace Corps Fellowship to study Urban Policy with a focus in Social Entrepreneurship at The New School, where I got to meet other people from all over the world who were passionate about social change and social justice. My favorite moments in grad school were: 1. sitting in on the Occupy Wall Street general assemblies at our student center and 2. leading a group of students on a trip to Colombia to meet a community of weavers in a small countryside village. #weaving

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Education

United States Peace Corps, Azerbaijan

English Teacher

My history teacher's nephew talked to our 8th grade class about his experience as a Peace Corps volunteer in...I don't remember the country...all I remember is that he said he built and lived in a mud hut. I was hooked.


As a Peace Corps volunteer, my primary assignment was teaching English to students in grades 4-11. I also organized after school clubs for students to make recycled art, play sports, and practice English. My fellow volunteers are my family and the only ones who understand what it means to ride in a marshrutka for 8 hours with a live chicken on your lap.

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Career

Ohio University

B.S. in Communications, Media Management

Athens, Ohio, home of Ohio University, is quite possibly the happiest place on earth. I studied media management and worked at WOUB, the local PBS affiliate, getting experience in journalism, live video production, editing, and a lot of button-pushing.

If you know what a Junction Punch is, then we'll get along just fine.

Changing perspective
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Take me back to Thailand. Dinner on the sidewalk for $1. It was my dream come true.

Two of my favorite things in life are traveling and eating street food. Dive bars are also high on the list. ›

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Dead Horse Bay. NYC's best kept secret.

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A few of the artisans I spent time with in Kampala, Uganda to set up a jewelry-making collective.

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I survived a monkey attack in Bali, but my headphones did not. I don't really want to talk about it.

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The salt fields in Cambodia. Something about this picture moves me.

Documentaries

Documentaries

I'm a little (ok, very) obsessed with documentaries, especially the ones that show the complexity of the human experience. It's my not-so-secret dream to make my own someday. Here are some of my favorites.

"I'm one of those regular weird people." – Janis Joplin