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Benjamin Kennedy

Deputy Director, Community Development and Detroit Program, Kresge Foundation

Benjamin_KennedyBenjamin Kennedy serves as the senior program officer of community development and Detroit program for the Kresge Foundation. He is responsible for grantmaking, as well as originating and structuring program-related investments that support and advance Kresge’s strategic goals.

Prior to joining Kresge, Kennedy worked for JPMorgan Chase in Johannesburg, South Africa, as an associate on the firm’s mergers and acquisitions team. He also worked as an economic and political analyst within IHS Global Insight’s sub-Saharan Africa country intelligence group. His responsibilities included sovereign credit risk analysis, policy research and macroeconomic forecasting.

Kennedy has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Morehouse College, as well as an MBA from the Harvard Business School.