Jessica (Jesse) Mathias has over a decade of diverse experience in the non-profit sector. Jesse values the special attention OYH provides to front line agencies and the emphasis placed on supporting their work in the community. She is dedicated to ensuring that OYH remains progressive and prepared in response to the needs/challenges facing those experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in the community.
As the executive director of Open Your Heart, Jesse’s goals include building and strengthening relationships, developing positive rapport and having constant knowledge of what needs are to be met in order to continue to uphold Open Your Heart’s important mission.
Jesse has her M.A. in Organizational Leadership from St. Catherine’s University and her B.A. in International Relations from St. Cloud State. She and her husband live in Plymouth with their two rambunctious boys and five pets.
Jen Jang has five years of experience in housing advocacy in Minneapolis and is passionate about working in community. With a background in organizing renters against their landlords, she has spent the last four years working directly with tenants in communities who are the most impacted by the housing crisis. Her most notable project has been co-creating the Sky Without Limits Cooperative in the Corcoran neighborhood. As one of the leaders of this project, she empowered residents to plant a community garden and she supported a resource center operating out of an apartment unit by making deliveries to food deserts across Minneapolis. She is excited and honored to be joining OYH to continue addressing housing instability and food scarcity throughout the greater Minnesota.
She currently lives in Minneapolis and enjoys cooking, playing video games, exploring Minneapolis with her partner, and spending time with her cat, Huxley, and a Frenchie named Basquiat.