Jess Kenerson

Director, Strategy

Office: Boston Year: 2022

Jess Kenerson is Director of Strategy at Social Finance. In this role, she supports organization-wide strategic planning and new business initiatives.

Prior to joining Social Finance, Jess worked in higher education at Bentley University, where she was the Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Planning for the Division of Student Affairs.  In her role, she was responsible for the development, implementation, and project management of divisional strategic efforts to deliver an innovative and transformative experience for undergraduate students. She led mission-critical divisional and institutional initiatives such as: facilitating the student experience strategic positioning process, managing the return-to-campus efforts during COVID-19, reevaluating the Bentley Core Values, driving the shift to a competency-based approach to co-curricular learning, and integrating equity and inclusion efforts into the day-to-day work of staff.

Since 2019, Jess has been a weekly volunteer for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, where she is a call taker, shift supervisor, and trainer.  She continues to believe that people can make a difference and that organizations can change the world. Jess went to Boston College, where she received a BA in communications and an MA in higher education administration.