Jeremiah Program Taps Anedra Kerr to Lead Development

Jeremiah Program Taps Anedra Kerr to Lead Development

Contact: Abby Cohen 

WASHINGTON (June 22, 2022)Jeremiah Program (JP)—a national nonprofit with one of the most successful strategies for disrupting generational poverty among single mothers and their children—has brought on Anedra Kerr to serve as Vice President of Development. Kerr will be responsible for envisioning and managing Jeremiah Program’s national fundraising efforts and overseeing fundraising across all of the organization’s campuses. 

“Anedra joins us as an organizational development executive with a proven track record of harnessing exceptional leadership skills to stabilize and develop teams, mobilize staff, volunteers, and management teams alike in the advancement of organizational mission and goals,” said Chastity Lord, President and CEO, Jeremiah Program. “Jeremiah Program is at a pivotal growth moment, and we’re thrilled to have Anedra on our leadership team to navigate our fundraising efforts.”

Kerr has spent her career in nonprofit executive leadership roles, serving the communities in which she lives and works in the areas of education, healthcare, child and youth development and DEI. She most recently served as a Senior Consulting Associate with Morten Group where she advised nonprofits around the country. Previous to Morten Group, Kerr served as the Chief Advancement Officer at Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, one of the country’s leading independent schools.

Prior to Parker, Kerr served as Chief Development Officer at After School Matters, where she led development efforts and launched the largest fundraising effort in the history of ASM. During the course of the prior 16 years, Kerr worked in several different executive-level positions at the charitable foundation of Advocate Health Care. She has significant experience in strategic and long-term planning; project management; designing, planning, and implementing major fundraisers; managing complex relationships, and fostering staff and leadership development. Kerr has a B.S. in marketing from Hampton University and an M.S. in communications from Northwestern University.

“I couldn’t be more delighted to be joining Jeremiah Program,” said Kerr. “The organization has played such a profound role in the lives of so many single mothers and their families. I’m excited to contribute to the mission, deepen relationships with donors and develop alliances with new partners.”

Jeremiah Program has an annual budget of $18.2 million with 156 full-time employees (90% women and over 50% identifying as BIPOC) across nine geographies. Jeremiah Program has received grants from Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, Target Corporation, 3M Foundation, and counts the Mayo Clinic, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Hardenbergh Foundation and others as members of its Visionary Circle.  

Throughout its history, Visionary Circle donors have given more than $66,000,000 in financial support to Jeremiah Program’s mission. Jeremiah Program directly invests 80% of all dollars raised into program costs.

About Jeremiah Program: Jeremiah Program (JP) is a national organization whose mission is to disrupt the cycle of poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. JP believes the impacts of generational poverty require the centering of the family unit through a two-generation (2Gen) approach. By investing simultaneously in a mother’s vision for her personal and professional goals and the education of her children, she simultaneously reauthors her family’s outcome as well her community’s –proof points matter. In 2021, JP supported 1,100 moms and children across seven cities in Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Brooklyn, NY; Fargo, ND-Moorhead, MN; Minneapolis, MN; Rochester, MN; and St. Paul, MN. In the fall of 2022, JP is launching two additional campuses in Baltimore, MD and Las Vegas, NV.