Kenisha Askew is Associate Director of Communitywide Public Interest Programs. She collaborates with staff, faculty, students, and University and community partners to design, build, and implement a comprehensive roster of public interest programs for the entire Penn Carey Law Community.
Prior to joining Penn Carey Law, she was Senior Enrollment Coordinator for Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region. There she managed mentor programming and led diversity initiatives to serve children and families across the greater Philadelphia region. Passionate about service, Kenisha has also provided drug and alcohol counseling to adults at Mercy Hospital in West Philadelphia and direct support to individuals with developmental disabilities in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Kenisha is pursuing her Ed.D. in Higher Education from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education (Penn GSE). She earned her M.S.Ed. in Counseling and Mental Health Services from Penn GSE and her B.A. in both Public Policy Analysis and Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a Gates Millennium Scholar alum. Originally from Plymouth, North Carolina, Kenisha considers herself a small-town country girl with an affinity for scratch-made biscuits and warm conversations.