Meet our new Program Manager, Jen Higgins-Newman

February 10, 2019
by Nils Klinkenberg, Executive Director

Jennifer Higgins-Newman, Beacon Hill Friends House Program Manager

I’m excited to announce that the Beacon Hill Friends House has hired a new Program Manager, Jennifer Higgins-Newman, who started work in late January!

Jen has been a part of the programmatic work of the Friends House as a volunteer since she moved to Boston in 2017. She is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting, served on the Friends House Board of Managers from late 2017 through the beginning of this year, and has also been a House resident since mid-2018.

I’m really grateful to have Jen join the small staff team here at the Friends House to lead much of our public programming, outreach, partnerships, and communications work. She brings deep gifts and strengths that will be an asset to her role, extensive knowledge of the recent work of the House, and years of experience and commitment to Quaker learning and spirit-led action. You can read more about Jen in her staff bio, reposted here:

Jennifer Higgins-Newman joined the staff of the Friends House as the program manager in January 2020 — but has been a part of the community here since July 2017 as the clerk of the Quaker Learning Committee. Prior to joining the staff at BHFH, Jen worked in non-profit outreach and advocacy, most recently for The Public Interest Network, where she wrote and designed content for environmental and public interest advocacy groups.

Jen has a B.A. in politics and philosophy from George Fox University, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She lived in a community similar to the Friends House when she studied abroad at Oxford University through the Scholarship and Christianity in Oxford program. Jen is a member of Beacon Hill Friends Meeting and lives at the Friends House with her spouse, Ryan. In addition to her work at BHFH, Jen serves on New England Yearly Meeting’s Living Faith Gathering planning committee and is a regular volunteer with the Boston Debate League.

THANK YOU to the many people in our extended community who have supported, in so many ways, the Friends House’s efforts to grow our witness and impact in the world over the past few years. As always, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me with any ideas or questions – you can reach me by email at director [at] You can also email Jen directly with ideas for Friends House programming (or anything else) at program [at]