Jenna Antoniewicz was born in Seoul, South Korea, adopted when she was 11 months old and welcomed to the US at JFK International Airport by her parents and older brother in 1984. She was raised in rural upper Bucks County, and now is the Mayor of Royersford Borough in Montgomery County.
Jenna always had the creative drive to work within her community. Jenna started working as a house sitter in her childhood neighborhood. “I can remember taking walks with my mom and dropping off flyers I’d created advertising my “budding business,” she recalls. “I watered plants, fed cats, and collected mail while neighbors were away. I had several jobs growing up including dishwasher at a restaurant and tour guide at Lost River Caverns, a small cave in Hellertown, PA.”
Jenna then went on to earn her undergraduate degree at Susquehanna University concentration on creative writing with a minor in diversity studies, and received her Master of Science in Education at Bucknell University.
When Jenna was 23, she was hired to return to her alma mater to serve as an entry-level coordinator overseeing the university’s student conduct system.
“Looking back, I had zero business doing a job with this much responsibility. Eventually, I worked diligently to promote my office to a Director-level program. But when I was first starting out, I relied on the support, encouragement, and guidance of many mentors—now good friends—including Tom Rambo (a former Chief of Police from Philadelphia who became the Student Affairs Administrator). He and his wife, Susan have family in Montgomery County, and though their careers took them to the south, we are fortunate to see them when they visit Montco each year.”
Democrat Jenna ran for Mayor of Royersford in 2017, and was elected over incumbent Mayor and Republican John K. Guest, who previously held the title for many years. She was sworn into office in 2018, and has jumped into her job with gusto.
“I am extremely proud to serve as the first woman mayor of Royersford Borough. Since taking office, I have launched on-going mental health awareness education and programs including health fairs, workshops, suicide prevention and mental health first aid training opportunities, and more,” Jenna says.
“In my role, I’ve had an opportunity to work closely with our first responders and community members to plan events such as Royersford National Night Out, Emergency Services Night, fundraisers with local restaurants to support borough nonprofits, including a charity baby shower for our daughter that raised thousands of dollars in baby supplies and resources for Laurel House and one of our borough’s food pantries,” she explains.
Jenna also coordinated a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in the borough with the help of several of the borough organizations. “I am proud to build relationships with folks around the county to bring awareness, education, and resources to our residents here in Royersford.
Jenna says the best part about living, working, and playing in Montgomery County is that she doesn’t have to venture more than a couple of minutes outside of her door—either on foot or by car—to find a diversity of people and experiences, convenient access to a multitude of parks, recreation, countryside attractions, restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and most importantly, community members who support one another.
Since Mayor Jenna can’t pick just one favorite restaurant in ‘Rofo,’ she hints at trying them all. “We have 10 restaurants in the Borough of Royersford. The good news is, I can go to every single one and find “my favorite ___” It just depends on what I’m in the mood for at any given moment. From morning until night, you could eat your way around the borough (and I have)!
“My husband, David, works for Perkiomen School as the Director of College Counseling. He and I have found a robust and supportive community in two towns in Montgomery County! I have watched our neighbors come together for one another during times of great joy and tragedy,” Jenna notes. “There’s a natural camaraderie among folks who have a common hometown. I am proud to be raising my family in a place that honors its history and embraces purposeful progress in such meaningful ways.”
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