- September 29, 2021
- Posted by: Stratford Team
- Category: Business
A Q&A with LaKiya Thompson Jenkins, executive director of LINC UP
LaKiya Thompson Jenkins was appointed executive director of Grand Rapids-based LINC UP earlier this month after serving in various capacities at the nonprofit for the past 11 years, most recently as director of operations. Thompson Jenkins is a lifelong Grand Rapids resident, bringing a deep knowledge of the needs of its most disadvantaged communities. Those needs include an ongoing demand for equitable housing and employment opportunities, which are at the core of LINC UP’s mission. Thompson Jenkins recently discussed her priorities as the nonprofit launches its 2021-2013 strategic plan.
After being with LINC UP for more than a decade, how have the organization’s strategies changed over that time?
Our values have remained the same and our mission has remained the same. However, the strategies that we have utilized to create equitable communities have kind of shifted. Historically,…