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Board Candidate Spotlight: Karen Jenkins

The League’s Board of Directors serves a critical role in guiding the organization to a sustainable and vibrant future. The Board is made up of both board-appointed and member-elected seats — and currently, there are five open seats and nine candidates for those member-elected spots. We need YOUR votes to determine who will join the board for the next three years.

You can read more about all of the candidates and how to vote at We are also highlighting each of our nine candidates on the blog this week and next. Today’s candidate spotlight is Karen Jenkins.


Jenkins has over three decades of executive international NGO/non profit management experience and academic leadership. She is now a consultant with several large international clients. Jenkins currently serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the New Jersey Bike & Walk Coalition. Previous board service has been with the International Education Research Foundation (IERF), Model UN/HBCU of the United Nations Association, Scandinavian Seminar, and Minnesota International Health Volunteers. Jenkins has a J.D. from Rutgers University School of Law, an M.A. in International Relations from Yale University and completed undergraduate work at Fisk University. For seven years Jenkins worked in Zambia on community development programs and projects throughout southern Africa. Later, she worked in International Education for global competence and citizenship. Jenkins continues to work on international projects intended to improve the quality of life for those who are poor, marginalized, persecuted, or forced to flee as refugees. Jenkins is a League Cycling Instructor (#3227), a member of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of New Jersey, the Princeton Free Wheelers, and the Central Jersey Bicycle Club.

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