Carmen Kennedy-Rogers serves as the senior program officer of education for The Skillman Foundation. She leads the Foundation’s efforts to improve educational opportunities in Detroit. She embraces the strong belief that all young people have an undeniable right to receive a comprehensive and unbiased education coupled with diverse and robust life experiences. She is committed to ensuring that the rights of young people are recognized and respected rather than denied and neglected. She unapologetically vigorously pursues “educational social justice”. Prior to her role at The Skillman Foundation, Carmen served in five different Michigan school districts as a high school basketball coach, physical education teacher, athletic director, and high school principal and assistant superintendent. She currently serves as a board member for Wayne State University College of Education Board of Visitors and the Michigan Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development Board of Directors. Carmen holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and three degrees from Wayne State University, including a Master of Arts in Sports Administration, School Counseling and an Education Specialist Degree. She recently completed her doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of Michigan-Flint. Carmen is married to Alex Rogers, Jr. and together they gratefully raise their son, Alexander Rogers, III. They reside in the Detroit Metro area with their rescue dog, Molly. Outside of work, she focuses on self-care by meditating, reflective journaling, living a healthy lifestyle, and spending quality meaningful time with family and friends.