Executive Director of Stand For Children, a nonprofit education reform group
As the first in her family to attend college, Kenya found her life’s passion in education. Kenya was born in Miami but raised in Memphis. She received her bachelor’s degree in marketing in 2002 and her master’s in business administration in 2003 from the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, and much of her work has involved child advocacy and education. Prior to joining Stand in 2010, Kenya worked in a variety of positions advocating for kids, both in the government, non-profit, and for-profit sectors, including at the Urban Child Institute, the University of Tennessee, the First Years Institute, and the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth, where she worked to develop the child impact statement, a tool that local governments can use to ensure that every action they take is in the best interest of children. In 2009, Kenya was appointed to the City of Memphis’ Youth and Guidance Commission.