Co-Founder & Board President
Jean Baumgardner has a wide variety of nonprofit and international experience, ranging from volunteer work in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Honduras, to nonprofit management with St. Vincent de Paul in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the Women’s Philanthropic Investment Group of Seattle.
Jean’s background is in healthcare, with a special interest in immigrant and refugee health. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Marquette University and her Master of Nursing from Seattle University. Jean works as a Family Nurse Practitioner and recently left her work with immigrant and refugees at the International Community Health Services (ICHS) Clinic in Seattle to join her husband in Missoula, Montana for his Family Medicine Residency, where she will continue working with underserved populations at Partnership Community Health Center. Jean received the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Vatican II Service to the Missions Award and recently received Marquette University’s College of Health Sciences Alumni Service award.
Jean served as a Passionist Volunteer in Talanga, Honduras, along other Co-founders, from 2009 – 2010 and together with the Honduran community founded the Comedor Infantil Talanga. Since leaving Honduras in 2010, she dreamed of starting The Solidarity Project as a way to continue to stand with the efforts, ideas, and people of Honduras as they seek to create lasting changes in their communities.