Ms. Kennedy is a proud Bostonian whose personal and professional journey has led to her 18-year leadership of the Howard Thurman Center for Common Ground. She began her career as a newspaper journalist for the Boston Globe and served on the team that received the 1975 Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service for reporting on the Boston busing crisis of 1974. Ms. Kennedy was then recruited to the University of California at Berkeley, where she established a minority journalism program. After leaving UC-Berkeley, Ms. Kennedy found herself working for the NFL and New England Patriots, where she piloted a degree-completion program for active players. After leaving the NFL, Ms. Kennedy began her Boston University journey, first with the Office of Development and Alumni Relations, where she served as a major gift fundraiser, and then as the Howard Thurman Center’s first paid director.
In her personal life, Ms. Kennedy is a wine connoisseur and founding member of the Boston-based wine group Diva’s Uncorked. Her passions include gourmet cooking, chocolate-making, wreath-making, and preserving jams and jellies. She is a Deacon at St. Mark Congregational Church, UCC in Dorchester.