After a long career as a soccer goalkeeper, Jen started playing Ultimate on Friday mornings at Gan Sacher, when she was living in Jerusalem in 2000. The next year, as a graduate student at Stanford, she quickly found a new home on the field and has been hooked ever since. She loves that Spirit of the Game weaves mutual and self- respect into the fabric of the sport, and that the Ultimate community holds itself to the highest standards of both competition and sportsmanship.
Jen played for Stanford Superfly for 5 years, captaining the team to a championship in 2003 (and playing for another in 2005), and then returned as an assistant coach for the 2009 and 2010 seasons. She played on several Bay Area women’s teams since 2001, and then won a national championship with Blackbird in the mixed division in 2012. After many years of trying to join the Matza Balls as a Shebrew, Jen was ecstatic to be on the first Jewbilation team in 2008.
When not on the field, or generally enjoying the outdoors in some other way, Jen is a professor of environmental science and policy at UC San Diego, looking for innovative ways to simultaneously address global hunger and manage our finite natural resources. She’s incredibly excited to be a part of Ultimate Peace, and to bring her passion back to the region that is the source of both her identity and her the love of the sport.