Two KIPP Eastern North Carolina alumni from the Pride of 2011, Whitney Jenkins and Andrew Sanguillen, have been selected to participate in KIPP’s national Alumni Leadership Accelerator program, a year-long fellowship for KIPP alumni leaders in their 20s and 30s. Whitney and Andrew are among 26 KIPP alumni nationwide who were selected as fellows this year, chosen from a competitive pool of 67 applicants nominated by their KIPP regions. KIPP partners with Management Leadership for Tomorrow to deliver the program.
The Accelerator, now in its third year, aims to support KIPP alumni in reaching top positions of leadership and decision-making at the local, state, and national levels. Selected fellows receive 12 hours of personalized, executive leadership coaching; attend the Aspen Ideas Festival; have access to networking and skill building opportunities; and join a tight-knit cohort of peers who graduated from KIPP schools across the country. Fellows in this year’s cohort attended KIPP schools in seven different communities – ENC, Baltimore, Houston, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York City, and Washington, D.C – and represent an array of career fields including law, finance, technology, health, education, military, and the arts.
“We believe KIPP’s alumni are poised to be leaders in whatever fields they choose,” said Rich Buery, KIPP’s Chief of Policy and Public Affairs. “We’re honored to be a part of helping Andrew and Whitney and all of the other fellows reach new heights in their careers and make the impact we know they are capable of making.”
Andrew and Whitney were selected as fellows based on their achievements, leadership experience, and vision for impact. Andrew earned his BA in English from Duke University, then spent a year in Silver Spring, MD working as a Grants Associate for Easter Seals serving Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. He is currently pursuing an MBA at East Carolina University. Whitney attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she earned her degree in Information Science and minored in Computer Science. She began her career as a Systems Analyst at Fidelity Investments, where she designed and enabled personalized user experiences. Currently, she is a Program Manager for Azure DevOps Services. You can read Andrew and Whitney’s full bios here.
Through this program, KIPP aims to help 1,000 KIPP alumni reach top leadership positions by 2040. This year’s cohort is the largest yet, bringing the total number of Accelerator fellows to 60. Five other KIPP ENC alumni have previously participated in the Accelerator: Victoria Bennett (Pride of 2009), Derrick Bennett (Pride of 2010), Anastasia Jones (Pride of 2011), Calvon Jones (Pride of 2011), and Charles Taylor (Pride of 2011).
“The Alumni Accelerator amplifies the critical voices of our alumni leaders and empowers them to make meaningful change,” said KIPP CEO Richard Barth. “Each fellow has accomplished so much in such a short time, and has great vision and clarity of purpose. This program allows them to make the most of the resources and support available, so they can deepen their impact on our world.”
Please join us in congratulating Andrew and Whitney!