KENYA BRADSHAW’s Bio
VP, Community Engagement of TNTP / Plus size model for Eloquii
Kenya Bradshaw oversees TNTP’s strategy to support districts in dramatically transforming their approach to community engagement in order to create real and lasting changes in education.
Previously, as a Partner, Kenya led TNTP’s work with the Houston Independent School District to develop an effective teacher evaluation system, and completely redesign the district’s staffing process and
compensation system to recruit and retain only the most effective teachers.
Before joining TNTP, Kenya served as the Tennessee Executive Director for Stand for Children. She also has worked for the Urban Child Institute, The University of Tennessee, and the First Years Institute, advocating on behalf of children and youth. In 2008, her work with the Shelby County Office of Early Childhood and Youth led to the creation of child impact statements as a tool for local governments to use to ensure that every action they take is in the best interest of children.
Kenya’s community engagement expertise runs deep. She has served on numerous community boards including the Girl Scouts of the Mid-South, Tennessee Pre-K State Advisory Council, and Common Ground, a local racial reconciliation effort. In 2012, she was named one of “12 Who Made a Difference” in Memphis by the Commercial Appeal, and an honoree for the Memphis Business Journal’s Top 40 Under 40 Awards.
Kenya received her BS in marketing and MBA at The University of Tennessee.
Why am I excited to be the face of NITC?
My personal mantra is Choosing Love the meaning for me is finding love in all areas of my life. Being the face of NITC is an honor because it is a celebration of women loving their hair. But it is so much more to me it is a convening of LOVE. As we celebrate our authentic selves we show others how to celebrate and honor us. NITC serves as a place to gather and rejoice in our beauty.
Being a proud Black Jamaican woman and a Memphian to the bone who is married to an amazing Ghanaian man my photo shoot was also a tribute to the Queens that we all derive from. We have Queens from Whitehaven, North Memphis and the Motherland may we remember that she is etched into our DNA and we have a responsibility to lead her people. Therefore as her descendants it is our birthright to be great!