EDUCATION: Master of Public Admin | Suffolk University
WORK: Founder & VP | Senwah Foundation
Jassie-Fredcia Senwah is the daughter of T. Albert Senwah and Dr. Jeanetta K. Johnson-Senwah. In 1990, Jassie was in the arms of her father when he was shot to death during one of the civil upheavals in Liberia. She and other family members were fortunate to escape. In 2002, Jassie relocated to Boston, MA, USA to continue her education. She graduated with honors from the West Roxbury High School in 2005.
In 2009, she received her BA in Political Science (Pre-Law) from Albright College in Reading, PA. At Albright, she was active in various capacities, serving as president of the Pre-Law Society, captain of the XION Step Team, Resident Assistant, Office Assistant at the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs Office, and Student Ambassador for three years.
In 2007, Jassie was inducted into Pi Sigma Alpha (National Political Science Honor Society), and in 2008, she pledged with Alpha Phi Omega, a national coed service organization with the principles of Leadership, Friendship, & Service. In 2009, she was awarded the Maltzer Prize Pre-Law Award, and Albright’s College “Gold A” Award for Outstanding Achievement.
After graduation, Jassie was hired as a Victim Witness Advocate for the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in the Roxbury District Court from 2009 – 2012. While a full time employee, Jassie received her Paralegal Certificate from Suffolk University in 2010, and in 2011 she was accepted into the graduate program at Suffolk University.
Jassie serves in her church, Calvary Church International Ministries as Administrative Assistant and Youth Leader. She has also served as the Youth Liaison and the General Secretary of The Liberian Community of Metropolitan Boston (Metro-Boston) from 2010 to 2014. In 2011, with the support of The Liberian Community of Metro-Boston, she established The Hilaria Adams Scholarship Initiatives for Liberian Youth. This was the first ever scholarship of its kind in Boston, MA providing financial assistance to high school graduates in the Liberian community. She also created the organization’s first newsletter “Keeping in Touch”, and encourages volunteerism in the youth.
During the Ebola outbreak, Jassie was a leader and spokesperson for the Liberian Community in Boston, appearing on various news outlets and fundraiser events. She helped raised funds, organized a prayer service, Walk against Ebola, and a forum with guest speaker from University of Massachusetts Medical School.
Currently, Jassie works as a Victim Witness Advocate in Suffolk Superior Court and is the supervisor for East Boston and Boston Municipal Courts. She is also the Vice President of The Liberian Community of Metro-Boston.
In 2012, Jassie was nominated for Outstanding District Court Advocate, and in 2013 she was awarded the Youth Award from the Liberian Community of Metropolitan Boston.
An avid country music fan, she is inspired by Randy’s Travis’s song Three Wooden Crosses “It’s not what you take when you leave this world behind but what you leave behind when you go.” It was in this vein and her father’s memory that she founded the Senwah Foundation in 2013. With a mission to provide opportunities where women, children and young people are empowered to develop their full potential, in an environment free of violence; the foundation has gone on to renovate an entire school, provide school supplies to some 250 students, and assist in the fight against Ebola. Recently, the foundation established the Senwah Foundation Reading Room at a local school in Cape Mount to be a resource for many children.
Jassie holds a dual master’s in Public Administration, and in Crime and Justice Studies. Her degrees focus on nonprofit, leadership, and victimology.