Kevin Jennings

Educator, Politician

1963 –


Who is Kevin Jennings?

Kevin Brett Jennings is an American educator, author, and administrator. He was the Assistant Deputy Secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools at the U.S. Department of Education from 2009-11.He is currently Executive Director of the Arcus Foundation.

Jennings holds degrees from Harvard University, Columbia University's Teachers College, and the Stern School of Business at New York University. He became a teacher and was named one of fifty "Terrific Teachers Making a Difference" by the Edward Calesa Foundation, he also came out as gay to his students. In 1990 he founded the Gay and Lesbian Independent School Teachers Education Network, which became a leading group seeking to end discrimination, harassment, and bullying based on sexual orientation and gender identity. In 1992 he was named co-chair of the Education Committee of the Governor's Commission on Gay and Lesbian Youth in Massachusetts. Jennings has authored six books on gay rights and education, including one which won the Lambda Literary Award.

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May 8, 1963
Fort Lauderdale
  • White American
  • United States of America
  • Harvard University
  • New York University
  • Teachers College, Columbia University
  • New York University Stern School of Business
  • Assistant Deputy Secretary for Safe and Drug-Free Schools, United States Department of Education
    (2009/07 - )

on July 23, 2013


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