Jenna Musselman-Palles, LCSW

For the past 15 years, Jenna (she, her) has been in service of co-creating healing and restorative spaces addressing violence and harm. Currently, she is a practicing clinical therapist (LCSW) specializing in trauma and healing-centered practices, honoring the wisdom our bodies hold and rooted in social justice/liberation theory and practice. Jenna also is a volunteer Board Member for a nonprofit serving her communities and is committed to uplifting and strengthening collective care and addressing root causes of violence. 

Jenna brings experience in co-creating nonprofit agency infrastructure that is trauma-informed and rooted in values, equity, and care. She also links policy to our day-to-day and has a background in policy development and community response planning and prevention related to domestic violence, sexual violence, community violence, and other violence prevention initiatives locally and nationally – grounded in the expressed needs of groups who are and have been underresourced. Much of Jenna’s history with nonprofit and policy work was as a part of ALSO. At ALSO, Jenna was a long-time staff member and served in a number of roles including Administrative Director. Throughout the years, she also worked with many grantees of the U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women grant programs including Underserved, STOP, Supervised Visitation, and Consolidated Youth. In addition, Jenna has been an adjunct faculty member at Governors State University for social work field placements along with providing supervision for social work MSWs and BSWs for various universities.

Jenna began her social work career working at Hephzibah Children’s Association. She received her Bachelor of Science in Human Development from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Jenna also continues ongoing consultation at the Chicago Center for Integration and Healing and is a Circle Keeper, trained through the Community Justice for Youth Institute and by communities.