Jennie Johnson, Executive Director & Vice President

City Year is an education-focused, nonprofit organization founded in 1988 that partners with public schools to help keep students in school and on track to graduate.  As Executive Director of the Providence site, Jennie is responsible for raising the site's $2 million budget and oversees the organization’s development and fundraising, communications, service and impact, recruitment, training, and evaluation components. 

In addition, Jennie serves as Co-Chair of the Attendance Work Group of the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet. Working closely with the school district, school leaders and the Mayor’s office, the Attendance Work Group focuses its efforts on decreasing chronic absenteeism and increasing attendance across all grades in Providence.  

Prior to joining City Year Rhode Island, Jennie worked as a Community Director for the March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter. Jennie was named a recipient of the 40 Under Forty award from the Providence Business News, has participated in The American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy and was named one of GoLocalProv’s 12 people who made a difference in 2012.

Born and raised in Warwick, Johnson became immersed in community service at an early age; her family was involved in local politics, and her grandfather, Walter Constantine, served on the School Committee for 20 years.  Jennie is proud RIC alum who in 2000 earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing with a minor concentration in Psychology.