Kenyatta recently celebrated one year as our Director of Programs at the Village. Our Chief Executive Officer, Schroeder Stribling, has admired Kenyatta’s work in homeless services for years, and we are delighted to have her on our team.
Prior to coming to N Street Village, Kenyatta spent over ten years managing women’s shelters, transitional programs for families, and hypothermia shelters in D.C. We recently sat down with Kenyatta to discuss her first year as a member of the Village Senior Leadership Team.
N Street Village: Why did you want to join the N Street Village family?
Kenyatta: I have known Schroeder Stribling for over ten years through working in the same sector, and the reputation of N Street Village is stellar. When the Patricia Handy Place grant was announced and the new positions opened at the Village, I thought this would be a great opportunity. Before I applied, I did some research and asked friends who worked there what it was like. They all talked about it being a peaceful place to work where they felt really supported.
N Street Village: Can you describe the Village in three words or less?
Kenyatta: Supportive, Innovative, Energetic.
N Street Village: What makes N Street Village unique to you?
Kenyatta: My job is much more than managing programs; I see my role as connecting with the whole community of people who come to our Village. Whether client or staff or volunteer, I want them to come to the Village and feel that they matter.
N Street Village: How long have you lived in the D.C. area?
Kenyatta: I was a Military brat growing up, we moved around constantly. My father was career Air Force – we lived in Korea, Hawaii, Texas, the Philippines… Finally, my mom said, we need to settle down somewhere! So we landed in the D.C. area.
N Street Village: We all have tourist friends come to town, where is your favorite place to take them?
Kenyatta: After driving an hour and half each way to get into D.C. every day, when friends come to town we usually stay closer to our house in Maryland! Sometimes we will venture up to Baltimore to the Science Center or the Port Discovery — my daughter loves these places! And when the weather is nice, we love the parks.
N Street Village: What’s the last movie you saw, or book you read, and really liked?
Kenyatta: Kids movies or adult movies?! My favorite adult movie was Hidden Figures. I found it so inspiring. With my master’s in psychology, I also love psychological thrillers. My daughter’s favorite movie is Frozen. If I hear “Let it Go” one more time…
Thanks for getting to know another member of the Village leadership team.