Discovering and applying new and innovative economic development tools, models, policies, and programs
Creating Jobs and Wealth in Distressed Michigan Communities

Learn More

Project Coordinator, Regional Economic Innovation

Jenan Jondy
Jenan Jondy

Jenan Jondy is the REI Coordinator at Michigan State University's Center for Community and Economic Development. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology, a minor in chemistry and is a recent graduate of MSU’s Master of Social Work program. Selected as an Advocacy Scholar, her studies focused on policy, advocacy, and engaging government leaders.

As a Flint native, Jondy has been dedicated to working with local communities in their effort towards greater systemic equity. Jenan has over two decades of experience in outreach, resource development, human rights work, research, and development of programs at a national and international level. She co-founded and served as board member of the Sylvester Broome Empowerment Village (SBEV), also directing SBEV’s response to address the health needs of residents during the Flint water crisis. She is also a board member of the National Coalition for Community Capital (NC3), an organization of advocates who see community capital as a set of strategies that allow people of any economic status to invest in their community.

Her past roles have also focused on providing support to student populations disproportionately affected by structural inequities in education. Collaborating with students resulted in their acceptance to their preferred higher education institution. Jenan incorporates a unique perspective and understanding of different backgrounds and cultures that she has gained from engaging with populations struggling from economic inequities, including her work with refugee and immigrant populations.

Her interests include neuroscience, sociology, economic development, housing, and education policy. In her spare time, she loves everything outdoors…and is always open to suggestions for good reads! Jenan may be contacted at or by phone at (517) 884-6477.