LISTEN --> FreshFaces Podcast: Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana and Freshly Rooted's Alysha Ellis


The FreshFaces podcast is back for season two! Hosted by FreshWater contributing editor Jen Jones Donatelli, this limited-run series shines the spotlight on six Cleveland trailblazers affecting change in their communities — namely the 2020 Fresh Innovators, as honored at Spark 2020: Grit to Great event in September 2020 by the Cleveland Leadership Center and Marcum LLP, in tandem with FreshWater Cleveland. (To purchase post-event access to keynotes, workshops, and the Fresh Innovator Showcase, click here.)

Jasmin SantanaAs Cleveland’s first Latina councilwoman, Jasmin Santana is passionate about blazing trails for local women, and as the co-founder of Freshly Rooted, Alysha Ellis knows a thing or two about nourishing them toward a healthier lifestyle.

Now they’ve teamed up to combine their superpowers to create and lead S.E.E.D.S., a transformational nine-month program geared at helping Cleveland women — and ultimately, their communities — thrive. In this episode, we’ll hear from these passionate local changemakers about the ethos behind S.E.E.D.S and how they're helping it bloom.

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Alysha Ellis

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Jen Jones Donatelli
Jen Jones Donatelli

About the Author: Jen Jones Donatelli

As an enthusiastic CLE-vangelist, Jen Jones Donatelli enjoys diving headfirst into her work with FreshWater Cleveland. Upon moving back to Cleveland after 16 years in Los Angeles, Jen served as FreshWater's managing editor for two years (2017-2019) and continues her work with the publication as a contributing editor and host of the FreshFaces podcast.

When not typing the day away at her laptop, she teaches writing and creativity classes through her small business Creative Groove, as well as Literary Cleveland, Cleveland State University, and more. Jen is a proud graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism.