Development & Communications Specialist – Brad Jennings

D72ABBA3-3749-4397-88A8-A0516A974AE8Brad Jennings joined the Birmingham Education Foundation team during the 2017-2018 academic year as the Development and Communications Specialist. In this role, Brad identifies and researches state and federal grants and local, state, and national opportunities to support Ed’s fundraising activities. He also supports the Development and Communications Director, Whitney Williams, in implementing Ed’s communications strategy through social media and marketing materials.


Brad’s favorite part of being at the Ed Foundation is the face-to-face interaction he gets3F9CDF2B-CB2C-4E10-B183-0AD2246553CB
with students and the opportunity he gets to help empower the youth within the city of Birmingham. He wants to help change the negative mindset that a lot of people have about Birmingham City Schools. Brad states, “I’ve had the privilege to meet and work with some amazing students that are doing great things professionally and within their communities that may often times go unnoticed.”

One of his goals in this role is to identify new opportunities for Ed. According to Brad, “Ed is known for being a connector in the community. When I’m able to make some of those connections, it’s not only rewarding, but it helps me obtain one of my goals for my role and Ed.” To Brad, his goals for his position aligns with two of Ed’s core values: belief and collaboration. He believes that “together with the community, we can make a huge impact on the students of Birmingham City and their communities!”

When asked about the future of his role and the Birmingham Education Foundation, Brad expressed that “at Ed, we oftentimes like to say that our goal is to work our way out of a job. By this, I mean that we hope to drive change to the point where we aren’t needed anymore. We hope to increase the number of students who are graduating college, career and life ready! In doing so, we hope that the students that we have reached will reach back and help the ones coming behind them.”

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This feature was written by Kendal Harris, an English major with a Human Rights & Conflicts studies minor and Distinction in Leadership Studies from Birmingham-Southern College.

 

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