Ms. Jenkins is a freelance research, planning, writing, evaluation and management consultant for nonprofits that are engaged in community and workforce development, social justice, poverty alleviation and higher education. She has written and edited documents for clients such as the Illinois Community College Board, Chicago Jobs Council, New York Academy of Medicine and the North Lawndale Employment Network.
Since May 2002, Ms. Jenkins has helped clients, through her grant writing, to raise more than $4 million for workforce development programs, technology upgrades, ex-offender re-entry programs, community-based research, advocacy activities, strategic planning and other related activities. Previously, Ms. Jenkins worked in the Affordable Housing Division of LR Development Company and as project manager for a foundation-funded national evaluation of the federal Empowerment Zone program.
Ms. Jenkins holds a master's degree in urban planning and policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She has served as president of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Alumni Association, currently serves as president of Friends of Downtown and is also on the board of Southwest Youth Collaborative.