MJF’s team applies a 21st century approach to philanthropy and service.
The team is not just FOR the community but OF.
Shane Jenkins has an impressive 11 year professional history of program management with the Magic Johnson Foundation. Ms. Jenkins serves in the dual capacity of both Director of HIV/AIDS Initiative and Director of Social Efforts.
In the capacity of the Director of HIV/AIDS Initiative, Ms. Jenkins is responsible for leading the program which launched the Magic Johnson Foundation in 1991. She is responsible for all operational aspects of programming which includes grant making to HIV/AIDS organization, managing partnerships with AIDS Healthcare Foundation, community based organizations, volunteers and corporate partners such as Aetna, Abbott Laboratories and GlaxoSmithKline. She also is responsible for managing the national “I Stand with Magic” campaign which resulted in 111 million media impressions. Additionally, grassroots efforts reached more than 600,00 individuals and 80,000 HIV tests were administered.
Shane’s true passion for helping others has proven to be the key ingredient for success in her duties as Director of Social Efforts. In this capacity she works as a champion to provide socially and economically disadvantaged youth access to entertainment and social activities that would not otherwise be available. For 11 of 14 years, Shane has been responsible for coordinating the Kid’s Mardi Gras Gala which provides inner city youth free access to a fun filled day of food, fun, entertainment, games and prizes in a carnival setting. Additionally she is responsible for coordinating the Annual Holiday Party which brings holiday cheer to families in need. Shane’s social program efforts have made a positive contribution to the lives of over 25,000 thousand youth.
As Director of the Magic Johnson Foundation Community Empowerment Centers (CECs), Ms. Blair leads the brain trust that charts the directional course for 19 CECs in 16 urban markets. Ms. Blair works closely with onsite staff and assumes total responsibility for program development, expansion, implementation, strategic partnerships, community capacity building, fundraising, and sustainability.
Ms. Blair works closely with national corporate partners such as American Diabetes Association, Bank of America, Best Buy, Easyread System, FedEx, Grockit, IBM, US Bank and others to develop signature programs such as the Magic of Reading that address the technology and academic needs of youth and adults.
It was Jeanella’s true passion for helping others and bringing technology to underserved communities that drove her to the Magic Johnson Foundation in 2001. Her expertise as an advocate for digital literacy has resulted in her participation as a contributor or keynote speaker at conferences which includes the TIDES Center for Non-Profit Management Annual Conference, HOPE Worldwide Global Summit, South Carolina Rural Summit, and University of San Francisco “Building a Bridge” documentary. Ms. Blair has received numerous awards for community service from Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation, East Oakland Youth Development Center, and the SC Department of Commerce.
Additionally her community empowerment efforts have resulted in numerous awards (including best practice and keys to the city) and proclamations to the Magic Johnson Foundation from the cities of Lansing, Atlanta, Houston, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Miami, Jacksonville, Eastover, Sacramento, Oakland, South Carolina and New York. Her work has affected over 270,000 men, women and children in the nation’s most underserved communities.
Prior to stepping into the role of Director of the Magic Johnson Community Empowerment Centers, Ms. Blair served as Executive Director for the Magic Johnson Foundation. A graduate of Boston’s Suffolk University, Ms. Blair has a combined total of over 20 years professional experience in the areas of finance, technology and administration of nonprofit programs.