Jenny joined the Labor Party in Queensland in 1992 and has been an active participant in the Party ever since.
She is passionate about creating opportunities for community participation in politics. In 2003 Jenny founded the Labor Environment Activist Network, and served as one of its inaugural convenors until 2007. In 2002 she worked to connect Labor members to the Walk Against the War Coalition in NSW.
Jenny's interests include economics, indigenous culture and welfare, the environment and Australia’s relationship with the Pacific.
She previously worked in the private sector as an environmental and policy consultant. Prior to that she held senior roles in the NSW public sector, developing climate change and environmental policy. She also served as an environment advisor in the NSW state government.
She served as Labor’s National President from 2011 to 2015 and was then appointed to fill a casual vacancy as Senator for New South Wales in 2015.
Jenny has two small children and lives in Redfern with her husband, John.