Janet Kern joined Silent Spring Institute as the Annual Fund and Events Manager in May, 2017. She works with staff and volunteers to plan and coordinate events and engage with the many donors who generously support the work of the Institute.
Janet started her career as a software quality engineer testing database and communications software for Xerox, Lotus Development, and then IBM. She later shifted her professional priorities, leaving the software industry to instead provide technical consulting to community-based organizations.
In 2009, she led a community effort to preserve a small working farm purchased by the Town of Lexington, and founded the nonprofit Lexington Community Farm Coalition (LexFarm). She served as its Executive Director through its first year of operation as a community farm in 2014, thereby making the official transition to nonprofit development work.
Janet has a B.A. in Cognitive Science from Vassar College and is passionate about the environment, healthy food, and healthy communities. She finds great satisfaction in working with others to make a difference for the future, and is thrilled to have that opportunity at Silent Spring.