Kendra R. Jenkins

Program Associate

Kendra Jenkins joined the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 2013 as a program associate. In this role, she employs her exceptional community development skills in contributing to the Foundation's focus on building a stronger public health system nationwide. She describes her work as “seeking cross-sector partnerships with diverse community partners committed to addressing factors that contribute to disparate health outcomes.”

Previously, Jenkins was a 2012–2013 Proteus Fund Diversity Fellow. This special project seeks to increase diverse leadership in philanthropy. She was placed at The Hyams Foundation in Boston, serving in the foundation’s Civic Engagement program area, and assisted with grant making, supported the research and strategy development for a capacity building initiative as part of a social justice funders’ network, and implemented a new communications strategy.

Jenkins also served as a research and project manager at PACE (Program to Aid Citizen Enterprise) in Pittsburgh. She supported the program’s work with community-based nonprofit organizations in assisting African American and economically-disadvantaged communities to identify their needs and take effective action. Concurrently, she worked with Pittsburgh’s Schenley Heights Community Development Program in promoting academic and life success experiences for urban youth. She also served two years as an AmeriCorps member with Public Allies Pittsburgh.

Jenkins received both her BA in Political Science and her MA in Social Work from the University of Pittsburgh. An active volunteer in a variety of civic organizations, she was a volunteer with the Hill District Education Council and the Civil Action Movement (CAM), both in Pittsburgh. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and a Board Member of Windows of Hope International Children’s Ministry. In 2010, she received the RISE Changemaker Alumni Award from Public Allies Pittsburgh.

She currently resides in Philadelphia, Pa. In addition to “reconnecting and rediscovering her hometown,” she enjoys dancing to global beats and 90’s music, international travel, and seeking out new cultural experiences and cuisines.

Kendra R. Jenkins