Noah Temaner Jenkins

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Noah Temaner Jenkins is a freelance organizational development and writing consultant for nonprofits that are engaged in community development, social justice, poverty alleviation, and higher education. Since 2002, Noah has helped clients, through her grant writing, to raise more than $10 million from local, state, and federal government, and various private foundations and corporations. Her project portfolio also includes program evaluation, board development, community research, and strategic planning.

Program evaluation experience includes evaluator for the three-year, $1.5 million Illinois ResourceNet program at the UIC Neighborhoods Initiative (2006-2010); evaluator for the North Lawndale Employment Network’s Racial Healing program; co-designer and instructor for an online professional development course on program design and evaluation for the University of Illinois at Chicago (2009-present); Youth Service Project program evaluation design (2014); North Lawndale Employment Network client focus groups of women returning from incarceration data collection towards new program design (2014); Spanish Coalition for Housing participatory program planning (2014); and evaluator for the Chicago Jobs Council’s Statewide Outreach and Public Information Initiative (2010). She has extensive experience in community-based research, including focus groups and individual interviews, specializing in hard-to-reach populations. From 1994-1999 she was Project Director for a university-based national evaluation of the federal Empowerment Zone program.

She has written and edited documents for the Illinois Community College Board, University of California Berkeley, Chicago Jobs Council, Latino Policy Forum, New York Academy of Medicine, the North Lawndale Employment Network, and others. She is adjunct faculty at UIC’s College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs. She holds a Master of Urban Planning and Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language Literature, both from the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She has served as president of the UIC College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs Alumni Association, as president of Friends of Downtown, and on the board of the Southwest Youth Collaborative.

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