Kenya L. Collins Appointed To Role Of Vice President Of Equity

Kenya L. Collins Appointed To Role Of Vice President Of Equity

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Nov. 3, 2021, Washington, D.C. — FoodCorps announced today its appointment of Kenya L. Collins as Vice President of Equity for the national nonprofit. Together with communities, FoodCorps serves to connect kids to healthy food in schools and envisions a future in which kids of all races, places, and classes know what healthy food is, care where it comes from, and eat it every day. Dismantling inequities in the school food system is central to FoodCorps’ work.

Collins has been with FoodCorps for nearly four years, serving most recently as the organization’s Co-Director of National Programs, and previously as the Mississippi Program Manager. Collins joined FoodCorps with more than 15 years of experience, having served as a field director, senior adviser, campaign manager, and communications strategist for numerous campaigns and nonprofits. She was selected as State Director of Obama for America-Mississippi in April 2012.  Before coming to FoodCorps she served as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to Mayor Errick D. Simmons of Greenville, Mississippi, as well as the Engagement Manager for P3 Strategies, LLC in Jackson, Mississippi.

In her new role, Collins will lead FoodCorps’ efforts to integrate equity and inclusion into its overall strategy, and help the organization address the systemic inequities in our food and education systems so that every child gets the nourishment they need to thrive.

“We couldn’t ask for a better leader to spearhead equity and inclusion, which are essential to our work,” said Curt Ellis, CEO and co-founder of FoodCorps. “Kenya has a passion for social justice and a wealth of professional experience with both political and nonprofit organizations. We are confident she will do a tremendous job leading this effort both internally and externally to achieve a greater impact within our communities.”

“I am thrilled to build upon FoodCorps’ years of work to tackle systemic inequities in our school food system,” said Collins. “Thanks to the trailblazing work of FoodCorps’ former VP of Equity, Tiffany McClain, we have already made some meaningful progress on these initiatives. I look forward to continuing this work to support the communities we serve so that every child gets equal access to healthy food and nutrition education at school.”