As the Special Projects Officer and Accountant at Richmond Memorial Health Foundation (RMHF), Kendra J. Jones leads initiatives identified by the Board of Trustees, Program Team, and the communities RMHF’s partners serve.
Led by her faith and a commitment to health and racial equity work, Kendra has directed several important projects that are core to RMHF’s mission. In addition to her daily accounting responsibilities, she managed RMHF’s Health Equity and Arts (HEArts) program, which recognized the connection between art and artists in advancing health equity for individual, community, and overall population health.
She directed the Foundation’s initial efforts to provide capacity-building support, particularly for Black and Brown-led and community-based, grassroots organizations. Kendra also managed the initial funding for the Foundation’s Opportunity Investments, which provide rapid, decision-based grants for unexpected challenges and opportunities that organizations may face.
Kendra directed the Foundation’s investments to address the region’s mental health crisis by providing partners with general operating support to counter the increase in demand for services and to care for their teams. She currently leads RMHF’s work to support intervention and prevention methods for addressing community violence and promoting community healing initiatives.
Since joining RMHF in 2013, Kendra has seen significant growth in many roles – from Office Manager, Operations Manager/Accountant, Director for Health Equity, Arts and Culture to her current position. Prior to RMHF, Kendra served as an accountant for several organizations in the area.
Kendra earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from Virginia State University and her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Averett University. Outside of work, she loves long walks, writing poetry, and binge-watching Netflix. Additionally, Kendra passionately advocates for health equity in care for chronic illnesses, particularly diabetes, as it relates to the well-being of her daughter.