Jennifer Frenzer-Knowlton (revisited)
February 2008: After graduating from the U of Michigan in economics, Jennifer Frenzer-Knowlton spent three years on Wall Street. "I saw the avarice of capitalism," she says, so she returned to her home town of Columbus, Ohio, for a law degree. "I felt that a woman needed teeth in her credentials." She also got married, and when her physician husband took a job on the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Washington, she was hired by the tribe. "I worked on economic development," she says. "We built a marina for fishermen." In 1997, after the birth of her son Benjamin, the family moved to Eugene, where daughter Olivia was born. As a stay-at-home mom, Frenzer-Knowlton worked with Betsy Steffensen to plan the Million Mom March against gun violence in 2000. Since 9/11, she has been active in the peace movement through the Eugene Friends Meeting. "Most of my activism has been faith-based," she says. "I learned from the tribe that activism comes from cultural and spiritual roots."