Promoted to president and chief executive officer of Manchester Bidwell Corporation (MBC) in 2018, when founder Bill Strickland stepped down five decades after founding the organization, Kevin Jenkins was quoted as saying, “This place is kind of like home for me.” That’s because the Pittsburgh native and seasoned nonprofit leader had served as executive director of Holy Family Institute, whose students take art classes or earn degrees at Manchester Bidwell Corporation. Jenkins joined MBC in 2015 as chief operating officer of the nationally accredited and state licensed adult career training institution that also offers arts education and social enterprise initiatives to young people.
Prior to joining MBC, Jenkins served on staff at The Pittsburgh Foundation for a dozen years—first as senior program officer for health and human services, then, beginning in 2014, as vice president for public policy and civic leadership.
At the helm of MBC, Jenkins is focusing on the organization’s $50 million capital campaign, which includes $5 million in funding from the Foundation to support upgrades to the culinary arts and horticulture programs, which will ensure Bidwell Training Center remains on the cutting edge of service delivery and can expand enrollment as the organization moves forward.
Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and a master’s degree in social work from the University of Pittsburgh. He serves on a number of regional boards and committees, which, following an appointment by the Joint State Government Commission, includes the Advisory Committee on Homelessness in Pennsylvania.