Empowering Organizations and Leaders While Unveiling Access and Opportunity
Dr. Brandi B. Kenner is a nonprofit organizational development guru, educator and cognitive developmental scientist who has dedicated her 20+ year professional career to doing her part to ensure Choice-filled Lives are a right for all children and families. Her primary areas of expertise are: organizational development (including start-up efforts, as well as overall organizational health and sustainability), cognitive development, social-emotional development, language and literacy systems transformation, early childhood education, special education, dual-language immersion, adult learning, and research & evaluation.
Brandi holds a Ph.D. from Emory University‘s Laney Graduate School in Cognitive and Developmental Psychology, an M.Ed. in Behavior and Learning Disabilities from Georgia State University, and a bachelor’s degree with foci in Elementary Education and Sociology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Kenner holds a leadership certification in Nonprofit Leadership, Governance and Finance from the Georgia Charter Schools Association, and she also maintains a higher education affiliation as an Affiliated Research Scientist with Yale University's Haskins Laboratories.
Upon graduating from the University of Michigan, Brandi began her career as a classroom teacher in an African-centered charter school in Detroit, Michigan. She then moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she served in a variety of classroom teaching positions in subsequent traditional public and charter schools for 5 years. After leaving the k-12 classroom space, Brandi broadened her impact and reach through serving in roles in higher education teacher preparation, preschool and k-8 charter school development, consulting, independent school executive leadership, and nonprofit and philanthropic executive leadership with both large organizations such as Teach For America and The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and smaller nonprofit organizations with national reach and scale, such as the Atlanta Speech School and its Rollins Center for Language & Literacy.
Dr. Kenner founded Choice-filled Lives Network, Inc. to have broader impact and scale in her work, and to serve as a connector among the many educational and social-change organizations in the state of Georgia, our country, and beyond, that are doing their part to eliminate inequity and opportunity gaps, ensuring Choice-filled Lives for children and communities each day. Brandi resides in Atlanta, Georgia with her large blended "Brady Bunch" family. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, gardening, cooking, and traveling anywhere that has sunny skies, a white or black sand beach, and clear water.
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