Who We Are

Carolyn Sterns

Jeremiah Fellowship Director
Leadership Initiatives
Carrie is thrilled to be part of the Bend the Arc community and work with young leaders to transform progressive Jewish values into social action as the Jeremiah Fellowship Director. She has been active in social justice leadership programs since high school, and is passionate about the power young people have to change the world. She began her social justice journey as a participant in a Dismantling Oppression Youth Leadership Institute in her hometown of St. Louis, MO and went on to staff and direct the program for 4 years.

Over the past 15 years, Carrie’s work has focused on providing marginalized LGBTQ youth access to health education and social services, facilitating behavioral intervention groups and violence prevention programming. Carrie also helped found the first Drop In support center for LGBTQ youth in West Oakland. Carrie was an active member in her St. Louis congregation, co-teaching a Social Justice and Judaism course with her Rabbi for middle school studentsCarrie received her undergraduate degree at Hampshire College, and an MA in Sexuality studies at San Francisco State University.