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Benjamin S. Kennedy

Vice President


Benjamin Kennedy is vice president of Programs. Benjamin’s leadership involves overseeing the foundation’s seven grantmaking Programs, which are aimed at helping people living with low-incomes in American cities grapple with a wide array of socio-economic issues.

Prior to joining Kresge in 2009, Benjamin was with JPMorgan Chase in Johannesburg, South Africa, where he was an associate on the firm’s mergers and acquisitions team.

He also worked as an economic and political analyst within IHS Global Insight’s sub-Saharan Africa country intelligence group. His responsibilities included sovereign credit risk analysis, policy research and macroeconomic forecasting.

Benjamin earned a master’s in business administration from the Harvard Business School and a bachelor’s in economics from Morehouse College in Atlanta.

Benjamin was named Crain’s 40 under 40 class of 2015, which recognizes leading young professionals in Detroit.

Areas of Specialty

American Cities

Anchor institution strategy

Community development


Social and economic policy