An advocate for social justice and equality, Dr. Jennings founded A.C.T. to provide mentoring programs for socio-economically disadvantaged youth, who are often under-served. Dr. Jennings’ academic research examines the benefits of mentor/mentee relationships and how such interactions can positively alter the trajectories of youth.
Dr. Jennings earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management and Economics, a Masters of Arts Degree in Social Policy, and a Doctorate Degree in Law and Policy from Northeastern University.
Dr. Penny has designed and developed mentoring programs for state and local
municipalities, corporations, learning institutions and community and faith based
In 2009 and 2010 Dr. Jennings was invited to the Kingdom of Bahrain to offer presentations to the Prince of Bahrain and the Prime Minister of Education.
Dr. Penny serves on numerous boards. including: SUNY-Rockland Community College,Board of Trustees; SUNY Empire State College Graduate Dean’s Advisory Board; NTR Foundation Board of Directors; Rockland County District Attorney’s Community Prosecution Advisory Board; Martin Luther King Multipurpose Center and the Rockland County Workforce Investment Board.
Dr. Jennings also teaches graduate and under-grad students in the fields of social policy, public and non-profit organizational management, public administration, public budgeting, human resource management, ethics, human rights, criminal justice and youth development.
Dr. Jennings is the recipient of over 60 awards. Most notably, she was named the “2008 New York State Woman of Distinction” by the New York State Senate for her work and research in mentoring. In 2012, Jennings received the “Business Leader of the Year Award” from the African American Chamber of Commerce of Westchester and Rockland and in 2013, Penny was honored with the “Dedication to Community Award” from President Barack Obama.