Dr. Jennifer Campbell grew up ready to help people. Raised in a working-class family – her father, a union machinist, and her mother, a secretary and community volunteer – Jen learned at a young age the value of citizen involvement in our democracy and how governmentaffects people’s daily lives. She attended public schools and studied history at George Washington University, where she became involved in the civil rights movement, marching with Martin Luther King Jr. and against the Vietnam War.
This activist sense of duty and dedication to helping those in need inspired
her to return to school to become a doctor. While women had little
opportunity to pursue medicine, Jen was accepted to the University of
Pittsburgh Medical School on her merits. In her first year, she became
a single mother, but carried on with her education, raised her children,
earned her medical degree, and completed her residency in the
specialty of Family Medicine. Dr. Jen practiced and taught for 37 years.
Since moving to San Diego 13 years ago, ultimately settling in the
Bay Ho neighborhood, Dr. Jen has been an active member of the
community and regularly attends neighborhood meetings. She has
served on the executive boards of the San Diego Human Dignity
Foundation, Clairemont Town Council, and San Diego County
Democratic Party’s Central Committee. She has been a key leader of
the GO Team, a local organizing and civic engagement project. Her
years of dedicated grassroots activism earned her the support of
regional champions of progressive policy and ultimately pushed her
across the finish line in June’s primary election.