Jennifer Borrero started the Youth Housing Coalition to empower young people to tackle the country’s housing crisis while promoting home ownership. When she isn’t consulting with tiny home communities to help get them established or educating young people about housing justice and the intersections of real estate, homelessness, policy, and sustainability, she’s promoting sustainable development as an ambassador to the United Nations.
Borrero shares those efforts with NextGen Collective in addition to her greatest accomplishments and her future goals.
What do you do today?
I consult with Tiny Home communities to help get them established, I provide digital education and community events to young professionals that want to eradicate homelessness. As a UN Association Ambassador I speak at conferences and summits to promote sustainable development.
What is your greatest career accomplishment to date?
My greatest career accomplishment to date has been being recognized at the annual United Nations Association Leadership conference for my achievements as a Global Ambassador.
What is your greatest personal accomplishment to date?
My greatest personal accomplishment was buying my mom a house.
How do you tackle problems and overcome challenges?
I tackle problems by first identifying what my ideal goal or resolution would look like. Then, I map out the steps that it would take to get from the challenge to the solution. Lastly, I create an action plan to achieve each step.
What do you do today to impact your community?
I am vice president of advocacy for the United Nations Association’s Los Angeles chapter. I do this to directly advocate for sustainable development policies in Los Angeles. I am also a global ambassador for the United Nations Association. I do this to represent the voice of young people that care about social justice. Lastly, I am a member of the Red Cross’s Disaster Action team, where I deploy nationally and internationally to provide direct humanitarian aid to families who have lost their homes.
Describe yourself in five words.
Disciplined, vibrant, futurist, empathetic, resilient.
What are your future goals?
My future goals include opening a Mexican Bakery and developing a community of affordable homes with community gardens.
What is your favorite form of self-care?
My favorite form of self-care is any kind of movement outdoors, including hiking, running, and surfing.
What do you like to do for fun when you’re not working?
I love to bake, run, and surf.
What does making NextGen Collective’s 30 Under 30 list mean to you?
Making NextGen Collective’s 30 Under 30 list means to increasing the representation of Latina women in the social impact industry. It means to me the responsibility to lift others up with me and ensure I’m not the last to take advantage of the opportunities I have been blessed to have.
What is your personal theme song?
“Dreams” by Goapele
What is your Latino background?
I am half Colombian and half Mexican. I am a first-generation American. My father was from Colombia and moved to the US in his thirties. My mom is from Mexico and also moved to the US in her thirties.
Editor‘s note: This Q&A has been edited for clarity.