Lena Papadopoulos – Senior Facilitator


Lena Papadopoulos is a first generation Greek-American, born and raised in South Carolina.  Her heart, however, belongs to her true home in the small seaside village of Perni, Greece, where she has spent most of her summers with her immediate and extended family. Lena received her B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Clemson University, before completing a M.A. from the University of Colorado in Cultural Anthropology and International Development, with a focus on religious nationalism, invented historical narratives, and conflict in Greece and Turkey. Her greatest passions in life are people and travel.  Lena feels very fortunate to have lived a life full of so many amazing opportunities and adventures, and a few of her most rewarding and enriching life experiences include living in the Cultural Exchange Community at Clemson University; studying abroad in New Zealand; teaching at the University of Colorado; backpacking through Europe, Southeast Asia, and Chile; teaching in Tanzania; and working in China. Lena enjoys reading, writing, painting, photography, hiking, giving gifts, laughing, and spending quality time with people she values. Her role at JUMP! allows her to be inspired, empowered, engaged, challenged, independent, creative, and innovative, all while having ridiculous amounts of fun with an amazing community of change-makers.