Jennifer Rafanan Kennedy is Executive Director of Pittsburgh United, a coalition of community, labor, faith and environmental organizations committed to advancing the vision of a community and economy that work for all people. In her tenure as managing director and now acting director, Pittsburgh United has won campaigns to organize thousands of low wage workers; dedicate millions of dollars to affordable housing, green infrastructure investment and community benefits; and expanded from Pittsburgh and Allegheny County to a footprint that stretches across western Pennsylvania. She also leads Pittsburgh United’s strategic planning and organizational development efforts.
Previously, Ms. Kennedy served as the first executive director of Missouri Immigrant & Refugee Advocates, building the statewide immigrant rights coalition from the ground up. In addition, she has been an organizer, lobbyist, fundraiser and field director on progressive political and issue campaigns.